The real reason England had to lose its World Cup battle

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For a couple of glorious World Cup weeks, the England football team lit up the planet.

Young and diverse, talented and optimistic, they represented a shining future. Team players all, they provided a way forward for a national side too often tainted with yobs, nerves, and poor tactics predicated on superegos. Manager Gareth Southgate didn’t just drive up sales of waistcoats (a.k.a. vests, if you’re one of his many American fans) or atone for a decades-old penalty kick; he gave his nation a much-needed model of kindness, listening, loyalty, and masculinity.

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