THE England football team was well represented during last weekend’s American sporting showpiece the Super Bowl, as star striker Harry Kane and manager Gareth Southgate rolled into Atlanta where the New England Patriots were tackling the Los Angeles Rams.
Tottenham hitman Kane, taking time off from his recovery from an ankle injury, was first up in joining BBC host Mark Chapman and pundits Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell to explain his love for the NFL and in particular the Pats and their inspirational quarterback Tom Brady.
Kane likened the atmosphere in the city to that he had witnessed at the World Cup in Russia last summer, before being gently reminded by Chapman that he’d have no trouble walking the streets as absolutely no one would have a clue who he was. No offence, Harry. None taken.
Another of our World Cup heroes, a man who would still raise a sizeable crowd in his hometown of Crawley but barely an eyebrow in downtown Atlanta, is boss Southgate.
Welcomed into the BBC studio high among the rafters the England boss sat down alongside Chapman — who should be congratulated for his excellent hosting of what is a marathon broadcast — and his impressive team at the end of a largely forgettable first quarter.
A bemused Southgate, who also found time to visit the pundits of rival British broadcaster Sky — nice guy, you see — found himself greeted by cries of ‘Gee Zeeee, Gee Zeeee’ from Umenyiora, who possibly confused the Three Lions chieftain with a limey rapper.
‘Not a high mark for offensive excitement,’ opened Southgate, clearly underwhelmed by the game’s first quarter, a sentiment he would no doubt repeat after Maroon 5’s half-time show.
In fairness to Gee Zeeee he wasn’t far wrong and as Sunday night edged into Monday morning, things did little to improve. Even for the most devoted, Super Bowl LIII is unlikely to last long in the memory. Even an Englishman could see that.