Did you hear the one about the Welshman, the Englishman and the Scotsman walking onto a Podcast?
In the first of our preview specials for this summers delayed Euro 2020 Finals, John spoke to men from media outlets of the three home nations in the tournament to assess their chances of progression.
First up was Ian Mitchellmore of Wales Online. Ian purrs over his nation’s incredible run to the Euro 2016 Semi Finals five years ago, including that memorable Quarter Final win over Belgium largely thanks to a sublime goal from Hal Robson-Kanu. He then talks through the job that Ryan Giggs and Robert Page have done to get the team to this summer’s finals and their chances in a tough group containing Italy, Switzerland and Turkey. The recording was done prior to the announcement that Giggs won’t be at the Euro’s due to his recent assault charges. Ian is also hoping to be going to the Finals as part of his role so fingers crossed all works out for him.
Next up, we had Sky Sports commentator Gary Taphouse to get an English perspective. Gary was more than happy to reminisce on Euro ’96 and how close England got to winning a first international tournament in, at that point, 30 years. He then assesses the squad and where Gareth Southgate’s side can be dangerous with the attacking midfield options in particular. The banter is good when we discuss Group D, where England and Scotland meet in the second game, and cover the fact that most England supporters don’t mind seeing us Scots do well even if the feeling is not reciprocated by ourselves. Although he thinks England can do well, there was no “England Expects” noises from this English commentator.
Last, but not least, award winning Scottish Daily Mail writer Stephen McGowan gives his thoughts on the Scots chances of progression. We too recall that night that Scotland finally ended 23 years of pain by beating Serbia on penalties. Whilst most of us were in our living rooms, Stephen was one of a lucky five journalists who had seats in Belgrade to cover that memorable night. The conversation goes onto reflecting on our last finals appearance at France ’98, and why it’s taken 23 years to qualify again before we discuss the chances of making more history by reaching the knockout phase for the first time. Like most, Stephen is just happy that we’re at a major finals again.
We hope you enjoy our unique angle in our first Euro 2020 preview.
Big thank you to Ian Crocker for the introduction and to Scott McGill for the outro track.
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Together Stronger – Manic Street Preachers
Vindaloo – Fat Les
We’ll Be Coming – Tartan Specials