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British High Commissioner to India Seeks Support of Indian Football Fans ahead of Euro Cup 2020 Final

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Considering that he is an expat living in New Delhi, British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis said that he is a “cricket fanatic” and knows the “huge” Indian passion for the game.

British football fans cannot contain their excitement ahead of the Euro Cup 2020 final which will be played between England and Italy on July 12. And it seems, British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis is urging Indian football fans to join forces in cheering for his home country. In a series of tweets, Ellis explained how much winning the Euro Cup means to England. He also mentioned that he is quite aware of the staunch fan following of cricket in India, and wanted to know if there are enough football fans in the country who would stay up past midnight to watch the finale.

The 54-year-old started his Twitter thread by calling attention to Indian sports fans. Ellis mentioned in the following tweet, “Tomorrow night is a very, very big night for English football fans.” Stressing on the significance of the upcoming finale, Ellis said that it is the first time in 55 years that England, or any nation of the United Kingdom, is in the final of a major football tournament.

Considering that he is an expat living in New Delhi, Ellis also mentioned that he is a “cricket fanatic” and knows the “huge” Indian passion for the game. However, ahead of the Euro Cup 2020 final,Ellis sought the Indian Twitter’s opinion on what is the interest in football in the country.

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Sharing another piece of information about how much gravity the match holds, Ellis wrote that the England football team"has been a source of deep suffering to its fans” because they hold two contradictory beliefs; that “England always loses and that it has a manifest duty to triumph.”

As he shared the information, the former deputy national security adviser in the UK cabinet asked Indian sports fans if there is an Indian equivalent of a team which has rarely failed to disappoint. However, he mentioned that he is confident of the current England team and described them as “talented, cohesive and well led.”

Enthused by Ellis’ tweet, several Indian football fans expressed their support for the team. As one user commented, “You have summoned us. I will be supporting England. Football is very popular in India.”

Another user shared his experience and wrote. “I was 10 years old when I saw Bobby Robson consoling a weeping Lineker in World Cup 1990. Since then I have always supported England. Now I am in Australia and will watch and support England. It starts at 5am here.”

Which team are you supporting in the Euro 2020 final?

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first published:July 10, 2021, 21:33 IST