Unless you were living under a rock or Lee Anderson, you will know England won against Denmark last night and made it to their first final since 1966.
But spare a thought for Lee, who represents Ashfield in Nottinghamshire. He wrote in a Facebook post in June that the FA and England team had “made a big mistake” by taking the knee and they ran the risk of “having nothing in common with their traditional supporters”.
“For the first time in my life I will not be watching my beloved England team whilst they are supporting a political movement whose core principles aim to undermine our very way of life,” he announced.
Priti Patel and the PM have gone the other way and simply pretended they never slagged off the England team for taking a knee, but Twitter has been on hand with a few reminders.
How it started How it’s going pic.twitter.com/2kMNfY6obG— David Schneider (@davidschneider) July 7, 2021
Just to remind everyone: Boris Johnson refused to condemn people booing England players until polling show that it was unpopular.— Zarah Sultana MP (@zarahsultana) July 7, 2021
He’s not even a glory-supporter. He’s a focus-group fan. https://t.co/AjemeuU4Cd
The prime minister also wore an England shirt over his shirt and tie, which no football fan would EVER dream of, just to enforce the fact he has jumped on the bandwagon. I doubt you would ever see him in Stoke on a rainy Tuesday night in November.
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂Johnson wore an England top over his shirt and tie and was immediately mocked https://t.co/SBcydMeAlV— #RejoinEU #FBR #ResistanceIsNotFutile 🇪🇺💙🕷 (@Angie_RejoinEU) July 7, 2021
Well, social media hasn’t forgotten that Mr Anderson refused to watch the games and now we could (whisper it quietly) win an actual trophy.
These are from after England’s 4-0 win against Ukraine last Saturday…
Thoughts with Tory MP Lee Anderson this evening, who’s missing England roaring into the semis because he’s boycotting their matches over players taking a knee.— Alexander Brown (@AlexofBrown) July 3, 2021
Thoughts with Lee Anderson tonight, you’ve missed a cracker mate https://t.co/uJSZCmhZR2— Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) July 3, 2021
Lee Anderson was born in 1967. Are we entirely sure it hasn’t been him watching that was the problem all along?— Mikey Smith (@mikeysmith) July 3, 2021
Tory MP Lee Anderson probably watching Pitch Perfect on ITV right now because he couldn’t bear watching an England team take the knee— Marina Purkiss (@MarinaNigrelli) July 3, 2021
And here are some of the best reactions since the result last night:
Imagine being Lee Anderson any morning.— Jon Kennaugh (@jonkennaugh) July 8, 2021
Yes, poor Lee Anderson, it must be difficult finding you’ve made a tit of yourself, again.— jamdodger4💙#FBPA #FBPPR #FBPE (@jamdodger4) July 8, 2021
Would have had one more viewer if Lee Anderson wasn’t having a racist tantrum https://t.co/XfbB7zipun— Helholds (@helholds) July 8, 2021
Lee Anderson this week pic.twitter.com/RqjxFfAglp— Liam Thorp 💙 (@LiamThorpECHO) July 8, 2021
starting a petition for Lee Anderson to be the nations Designated Driver on Sunday seeing as he’ll be at a loose end.— alan dooney (@alandooney) July 8, 2021
Thoughts and prayers with Lee Anderson MP this morning. What do we reckon he watched? I’m thinking a repeat of Peak Practice in his soiled Y-Fronts.— MC Hammock 💙 (@RobiMurf) July 8, 2021
Tory MP Lee Anderson tonight pic.twitter.com/RVeuLD3Wkn— Sathnam Sanghera (@Sathnam) July 7, 2021
and we go live to Lee Anderson, the Tory MP boycotting his “beloved” England team for taking the knee pic.twitter.com/sMuSLiHfUo— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) July 7, 2021
Thoughts with Tory MP Lee Anderson, who is missing this beautiful, unifying moment because England players want to do a small 2-second protest against racial injustice. Sad, really. https://t.co/8MiRuX6g6d— Rachel Wearmouth (@REWearmouth) July 7, 2021