got to admire Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson’s sense of timing as he calls for a new football team to represent the entire UK.
Yet again, another major football tournament has left home fans thoroughly disillusioned.
England for once went into the World Cup without great expectations heaped on them. But we were all bitterly disappointed when they finished bottom of their group and headed home so early.
The other three home nations didn’t even qualify.
So, Mr Robertson says, it’s time for a national debate to ensure we are better off in the future. Why have four countries failing separately when, together, we might have a chance of achieving something as Team UK?
Mainly because it will make no difference at all. Look at the world rankings of the countries involved. England currently stand at 10th. They will be much lower once the rankings are drawn up again after the end of the current tournament.
Scotland are 27th, Wales 41st and Northern Ireland a mighty 90th.
Even the Brazil defence that let in seven goals on Tuesday night would be happy to take on a combination of players from those countries.
What difference would it make anyway? The Welshman Gareth Bale would certainly make a UK team, but would anyone else kick out the Englishmen? Aaron Ramsey perhaps? There could even be a campaign to bring Ryan Giggs out of his retirement at Manchester United.
And as far as the Scots, Welsh and Irish are concerned, why would they want to find room for Englishmen who have repeatedly failed to deliver? Wayne O’Rooney or Steven McGerrard would be equally unsuccessful.
Let’s stick to what we’ve got. We lose, we get miserable but at least we’re used to it. And, every now and again, we get the chance to beat each other.