I read Wales defender Connor Roberts say “99% of the world” will support Denmark in their last 16 tie tomorrow and thought- the underdog, fighting against the crowd. 99% of the world will not support Denmark, not me, for a start, but the ‘us against the world’ narrative is one of my favourites.
As a rallying call, it is surely more effective than the alternative. Today’s footballer is an immensely well catered for athlete, apart from his 90 minutes on the park and (relatively few) hours on the training field, he will struggle for little. What does he have to fight against, if not perceived ranks of people wanting him to lose?
Beaten, humiliated in Europe, trophy-less, written-off by many among our own, singled-out by the Government. Ange Postecoglou will not have to work hard to convince the players is really is them against the world. This squad really does have plenty to fight against.