A graphic which has gone viral on social media shows how once you cross out names of all players who have either a parent or grandparent born abroad, very few remain
A graphic has highlighted the stark reality of what England’s heroic football squad would look like without immigration.
The country is brimming with pride over England’s historic Euro 2020 victory over Denmark.
The Three Lions qualified for their first final in a major tournament since 1996 after Harry Kane slotted home a penalty rebound in extra time in front of 60,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.
Meanwhile, all over social media, a graphic shared by the Migration Museum is going viral.
The image tweeted after England’s 2-0 win over Germany shows the team’s starting XI from the game but with names of all players who have either a parent or grandparent born abroad crossed out.
Only three players remain – Luke Shaw, John Stones and goalie Jordan Pickford.
In another post doing the same with the line up from the game against Denmark, four names remained, including Mason Mount.
A post by Migration Museum yesterday said: “Seven of #England’s starting XI against #Denmark in the #Euro2020 semi final have parents or grandparents born overseas. And if you trace the families of almost all the #ThreeLions you’ll find migration stories.
Raheem Sterling was born in Jamaica, Harry Kane’s dad was born in County Galway, Ireland, and Bukayo Saka’s parents are of Nigerian heritage.
Declan Rice and Harry Maguire have Irish grandparents, while Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips have Jamaican heritage.
Home Secretary Priti Patel was mocked after tweeting her celebration of England’s win last night by critics who called her a “hypocrite”.
“Just brilliant. Well done #ThreeLions Football’s coming home,” she wrote.
Patel is among those to criticise taking the knee and labelled it an act of “gesture politics” last month.
Asked if fans were within their rights to boo players taking the knee, Patel responded: “That’s a choice for them, quite frankly.”
After her tweet last night, scores of people hit out at her.
One said: “Hypocrite. You gave them no support, in fact supporting booing attendees (I shan’t call them fans) – booing being the gesture politics that you criticised the players for.
“You did not support the team that put you lot to shame.”
Gareth Southgate’s side last night overcame the semi-final hurdle which had seem them most recently stumble at the 2018 World Cup.
Boris Johnson has praised the England manager for doing an “absolutely outstanding job” in leading the men’s national football team to their first major tournament final in more than half a century.
The Prime Minister described the semi-final win over Denmark as a “total nail-biter” after cheering on the Three Lions from the stands on a famous night at Wembley Stadium.
Asked if he could learn from the England manager’s leadership style and if it could soon be Sir Gareth, Mr Johnson told broadcasters: “I obviously wouldn’t want to anticipate anything that the honours people may decide.
“But clearly I think Gareth Southgate has done an absolutely outstanding job.
The Three Lions will now play Italy at Wembley on Sunday aiming to win their first major trophy since lifting the World Cup in 1966.
The government will not allow Wembley to be at full capacity for England’s Euro 2020 final with Italy.