There are several pairings of words that provoke collective sighs across Great Britain; ‘jury service’ and ‘last orders’ are good examples but you can almost certainly throw ‘international break’ into the mix.
The good news is that, in a World Cup year, we can re-imagine England’s impending ‘pointless friendlies’ as ‘warm-ups’ for the greatest sporting event in the world. However, how excited should we be? Is Russia 2018 set to be the most controversial tournament yet? Perhaps not.
Here, we take a look at the dark secrets of a South American World Cup of yesteryear, a match that changed fixture scheduling forever and a plucky underdog story that may not be as charming as we first thought.