People love a good moan about anything. Whether its the weather or never ever being able to get a seat on the train (seriously South Western Rail sort that out) we absolutely love a moan. The international break is something among football fans that people often seem to moan about. These moaners belong in football’s version of Room 101, Room 433.
The usual cries of ‘give us back the Premier League’ can be heard again and again on social media and it is these people who need to have a firm look at themselves because this international break, particularly if you’re an England fan, is the most exciting in a long while.
Finally, England have a team where the default emotion towards them is pride as opposed to the usual shame and embarrassment over the past few years. An actually likeable manager is in place, as well as a squad of young hungry players, who love wearing the Three Lions jersey, for a change. The manager has an actual plan and is coming off the back of a genuinely successful summer, so if that is not a good foundation for this international break. then I do not know what is.
Then there is the much-derided UEFA Nations League. Yes the format is a bit confusing and yes I’m not 100% sure what you get for winning it but this competition is getting rid of the meaningless friendlies that people so often complain about. Already, people are dismissing the competition as a waste of time but we have barely seen a game in the tournament and while obviously, it is a bit far to say this will revolutionize international football, it could certainly improve it.
There’s a wider point to all this international break chat and that is in general too many football fans just like to moan about the smallest inkling of change from the norm. Whether it’s getting rid of extra-time from the early round of the EFL Cup or the colour of the Premier League ball, there is always something to have a gripe with. Moaning culture is prevalent in football and enough is enough with all this negativity.
Of course, there are things in the football that very much should have people complaining. Whether it’s the, at times, obscene ticket prices or the corruption at the highest level of the game, these are the things that fans should be complaining about – not that Match of the Day is not on this week.
So the moaners go inside the absolute pit of misery that is Room 433 alongside such luminaries as football agents and a whole host of other footballing horrors. Let’s hope they go away for good.