I was amazed when Arsenal and England footballer Jack Wilshere was recently accused by some of being ‘racist’ for saying he believed only English people should play for England.
His comments were in response to news that Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj could play for England from 2018 under Fifa’s five-year residency requirement, as he has yet to commit to another country.
Midfielder Januzaj, 18, is eligible for Belgium, Serbia, Albania and Turkey.
How on earth is what Wilshere said racist?
The definition of a racist is ‘a person with a prejudiced belief that one race is superior to others’.
Where in Wilshere’s comment does it say anything about English people being better than, say, those from other countries and therefore they should not be allowed to play for England?
The way people were carrying on about him on social networks, you’d have thought he’d started up a branch of the Klu Klux Klan.
I think it’s pathetic how people are quick to scream ‘racist’ when someone says something about being ‘English’.
What would be the point of having a national team if you could cherry-pick the best players from around the world?
It would be no different to football at club level, with players coming from all four corners of the globe.
I reckon it’s difficult to think of many ‘foreign’ players who you feel would give everything for the England jersey in the manner of players such as Terry Butcher or Stuart Pearce.
Unless you feel like you’re 100 per cent from a certain country, I can’t see how you could or would put your heart and soul into playing for it.
On a lighter note, the only positive I can see from having a national team including players from other countries is that wretched band who play nauseating drivel throughout every England game might actually stop.
With a few players drafted in from the Caribbean, maybe we could hear a bit of reggae coming from the stands.
And that TV cameraman whose job it is to pick out the attractive women in the crowd would have more of a fighting chance if we had Brazilians in the team.