What an amazing World Cup this has been so far!
Over the last few weeks we have all been able to enjoy one of the best football tournaments for a generation, if not longer.
There has only been one 0-0 draw throughout the World Cup, which has to be some kind of record.
Normally, there have been a fair few turgid, boring draws to contend with by the quarter final stage of the World Cup.
However, this year has been anything but.
The 3-3 draw between Spain and Portugal on the first full day of the tournament set the tone for the wonderful tournament we have enjoyed.
It has been full of shocks, none more so than Germany being knocked out at the group stage for the first time since before the Second World War. The four time winners looked sluggish and over-confident from the very first game, where Mexico comfortably beat them. Being English, there was something extremely satisfying about seeing them crashing out early on. It’s extremely interesting to note that the last three winners of the World Cup have been sent packing in the group stage.
Spain losing to Russia on penalties was also a major surprise. They had all the possession but did nothing with the ball, sparking jubilant scenes. Japan were also unbelievably close to knocking out everyone’s dark horses Belgium.
But what has truly made this tournament special is that England have reached the quarter finals.
We have even won a penalty shootout for the first time in our history!
When Jordan Henderson missed his penalty, the usual emotions of disappointment came flooding back. But to show the mental fortitude to come back and beat the Colombians was incredible, and the collective relief of a nation was a truly special feeling, especially against the South Americans who adopted very dirty tactics.
Hopefully from here on out, England will continue to do us proud.