‘Miracle’ Wales are at the Euros says Sunday Times columnist
It’s a “miracle” that Wales – and Scotland – are at the Euros at all, according to a controversial Sunday Times columnist.
Rod Liddle said that their inclusion was a “triumph of mind over matter”. He added that Scotland had “an awful squad” and “like Wales, it is a miracle they got through, a triumph of mind over matter,” he said.
He also took aim at the advice given to Wales before their opening 1-1 draw against Switzerland in Baku.
“Asked for one piece of advice to the Welsh team before their game yesterday against Switzerland in the famous European sporting capital of Baku, Dean Saunders said: ‘They’ve got to turn up.’ Well, it would be a start,” he said.
“Was Dean alluding to the ramshackle public transport in Azerbaijan, or the clogged roads?”
Rod Liddle was not the only Sunday Times columnist today to have a dig at Wales.
Alyson Rudd noted that she hung Welsh and Scottish flags outside her house with England’s flag out of a “sense of duty” but said that she would soon be taking them down as those nations were unlikely to get far.
“We should reflect the presence of Wales and Scotland, surely, as part of the British Isles? There was not a great deal of enthusiasm, but as one objection was that they were unlikely to progress far, I argued that we should put up their flags and take them down as they are knocked out,” she said.
However, Rod Liddle said that he wished the smaller sides who were unexpected to triumph well and that his main delight will be watching those sides who are expected to win being knocked out early.
“Schadenfreude is one of the most compelling reasons for watching the other teams compete, the pleasure of seeing a national side who really rate themselves, come a cropper,” he said.
“For most British people this usually means laughing at any misfortune that might befall the Germans, but not for me.
“My thrill will come in watching the likes of Portugal and France flouncing off after three games, their countries in uproar, Ronaldo looking thoroughly piqued and hard done by, everyone suddenly deciding that Kylian Mbappé isn’t the greatest young player on earth but just a kind of gilded Steve Guppy.”