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Welsh fans want England to win Euro 2020, says ex Wales international James Collins

29 Jun 2021 2 minutes Read
James Collins. By Egghead06 (CC 3.0)

The former Wales international James Collins has claimed Wales fans want England to win Euro 2020.

The retired footballer, who played for Cardiff City and West Ham, and won 51 caps for his country, was speaking on the FootballJOE podcast ahead of England’s clash with Germany for a place in the quarter finals.

Collins originally predicted that England would lose their tie to Germany 2-1, but then scrapped that prediction and backed them to win by the same score.

James Collins: “You know what. I’ll take it back, 2-1 England… I don’t want any of that ‘I don’t want England to win’, because I really do, do you know what I mean?

“If Wales don’t go and win it, I’m supporting England as far as they can go.”

Former England international Joe Cole said: “Likewise mate – let’s stick together.”

Collins added: “Exactly, 100%. There’s no divide, do you know what I mean? That’s all the talk that Wales players or Wales fans don’t want England to win – they do.

“Do you know what I mean, if Wales get knocked out, we want to go and see England win it.

“Harry Kane needs to turn up, I think he obviously it’s been well documented that he’s struggled a little bit.

“I think big games, big players turn up and I’m expecting a big game from Harry on Tuesday night.”

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Huw Davies
Huw Davies
2 months ago

Of course and that video from 2016 of the Wales team celebrating the Iceland win over England was a clever fake. And Jonny Williams on Soccer a.m. admitting he wasn’t in the video, because he was the one who filmed it, that was fake too.

For my part, I hope we were beaten by the eventual winners.

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

I honestly don’t care whether England win or not. Nothing to do with me

Quornby
Quornby
2 months ago

Well I have tried but I can’t find anyone Welsh except Mr Collins who want England to win. Can you imagine four years of triumphant England crowing and having to share their media, the same media who put Wales down at every opportunity? Ooooh no!

Phil Davies
Phil Davies
2 months ago
Reply to  Quornby

50 years of crowing I’m afraid.

Charles Evans
Charles Evans
2 months ago
Reply to  Quornby

“I hate the thought of a country celebrating a victory because I hate that country and its people”.

Quornby, why is your nationalism so fragile? If an English victory in a football tournament is so distressing to you, what does that say about your own sense of national identity?

Quornby
Quornby
2 months ago
Reply to  Charles Evans

It would say nothing at all Charles if we didn’t have to share the English media. I recall being pleased when England won the world Cup, but after a half century of having to hear about it ad nauseum it says much more about English fragile identity than it does about mine.

CJPh
CJPh
2 months ago

How can you be ‘in’ football for so long and have no idea how fans think? Maybe some Welsh fans want England to win, the vast majority either don’t care or hope anyone else does. Sporting rivalvry doesn’t just stop.

Alan Reilly
Alan Reilly
2 months ago

I’m an Interista so I naturally want Italy to win once Wales are out. I would prefer England not to win it but if they do, they do. It certainly isn’t going to make any difference to my life whether they do or not.

arthur owen
arthur owen
2 months ago
Reply to  Alan Reilly

I agree.

bif
bif
2 months ago
Reply to  Alan Reilly

No no one anywhere like the cheating fall on the floor dark arts bad actors they call the Italian team, everyone wants teams like them and their shenanagins disqualified, it’s not the beautiful game when they play it’s the cringworthy cheating game of a bunch of mummies boys!

bif
bif
2 months ago
Reply to  Alan Reilly

No no one anywhere like the cheating fall on the floor dark arts bad actors they call the Italian team, everyone wants teams like them and their shenanagins disqualified, it’s not the beautiful game when they play it’s the cringworthy cheating game of a bunch of mummies boys!

Jack
Jack
2 months ago

Ultimately Wales aren’t in the tournament anymore so Welsh people should support whoever they like. No one should be under any pressure or ‘has’ to support anyone. So if that means he wants to support England then fair enough. He can support whoever he likes.

I doubt many Wales fans want England to win though. Suspect he’s in the minority there.

Bruce
Bruce
2 months ago

At the end of the day it’s only a game, it doesn’t really matter who wins and loses (and I’m not just saying that because Wales are out). It would be nice to win but it really doesn’t matter if we don’t because, as I said, it’s just a game. Of far greater importance is how a society treats its own citizens, in our case (and I’m talking about the U.K. as a whole here) very badly for far too many people (think Universal Credit, child poverty, homelessness, the way we treat asylum seekers, our prison system with more prisoners… Read more »

Rob
Rob
2 months ago

Funny how in football ‘the anyone but England’ banter is always controversial, yet seems perfectly normal in rugby.

R W
R W
2 months ago

I couldn’t care less one way or the other whether the English support Wales at the finals or not as I am not that insecure about the issue, so I don’t get why so many English people are so keen for people from the other home nations to support their team.

Gareth
Gareth
2 months ago
Reply to  R W

I didn’t realise England were playing.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
2 months ago

I would have no problem with England winning Euro2020 if, as already has been mentioned, it wasn’t going to be shoved down our throats for years and years afterwards and it would be – we’d never hear the last of it ! Besides my Stockholm Syndrome is no more.

Last edited 2 months ago by Steve Duggan
Charles Evans
Charles Evans
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

How exactly do they “shove it down our throats”? I can’t remember any England fans breaking into my house at 3am to chant football songs? Besides, plenty of us shove it down their throats when we win the rugby. Why shouldn’t they do it back? Is “sporting rivalry” only fine when we’re winning?

CapM
CapM
2 months ago
Reply to  Charles Evans

If England do win the Euro cup then the non England nations of the UK will experience countless hours of countless UK TV programmes of every genre featuring and referencing the win and it will continue for years. If Cymru won then non Cymru nations of the UK would experience a few hours on a few UK TV programmes featuring and referencing the win for a few weeks at most. Of course TV stations serving Cymru only would do much more. It’s right that in both cases the winning nation celebrates success but we have to witness England’s celebrations to… Read more »

Bruce
Bruce
2 months ago
Reply to  Charles Evans

I think he’s referring to the endless coverage this will get on the UK news. If Wales or Scotland were to win it wouldn’t get anything like as much coverage on the UK news as an England win.

I can fully understand why English fans would want a lot of coverage of this in the English specific media, but why should the rest of the UK get the same amount of coverage of an English team?

Like I said if Wales or Scotland were to win it wouldn’t get the same coverage UK wide as an English win.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
2 months ago
Reply to  Charles Evans

You know what I mean and it is not just me who sees it. By the way when Wales wins the Grand Slam it’s forgotten by the UK press within a week but if England win it that’s a different matter!

Simpsob
Simpsob
2 months ago

Speak for yourself James. All respect to the England team but I just can’t get behind the fans.. And you all wonder why so many want England to lose.

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