Ask any British or Irish Rugby Union player and they will tell you that there is no greater honour than putting regional differences aside to pull on a Lions shirt. Lions tours have come to embody everything great about British sport but could a similar model work in football? It seems unlikely given the uproar surrounding the Team GB team assembled for the London Olympic Games in 2012.
The only fond memory from that mish-mash of only English and Welsh players was Ryan Giggs technically getting a run out in an international tournament. But, what if instead of an ageing Craig Bellamy preferring to take on an entire UAE defence rather than trusting a pass to Marvin Sordell, we could see Gareth Bale bombing down the wing alongside Steven Davis in the hunt for a clinical finish from Harry Kane?
Tom Skinner is having none of this FA snobbery and has used Football Manager 2017 to unite the best of British by way of one red jersey. Every nation from Britain along with Republic of Ireland is represented and Chris Coleman is the man tasked with bringing collective joy to age-old rivals. There is one small issue in that the footballing equivalents of traditional Lions opponents are pretty poor. Even so, with English and Scottish players aplenty, there is always a chance that things could go spectacularly wrong!