Football fans on Twitter have noticed a number of positive omen’s for the Three Lions’ chances of World Cup glory in Russia with several parallels between Gareth Southgate’s side and England’s World Cup winners in 1966.
The first case of history repeating is the result of the Champions League.
This year Real Madrid took home European club football’s top prize with Gareth Bale striking twice in a 3-1 win against Liverpool in the Champions League final
In 1966 Los Blancos also took home European honours defeating Partizan 2-1 to win the European Cup.
That wasn’t the only omen with Manchester City claiming a league title this season just as they did in 1966.
Widely believed to have been the start of the Citizens’ golden era, the 1966 team claimed the English Second Division title, while Pep Guardiola’s record breaking side won the Premier League this season.
Burnley surprised many football fans this season to qualify for European Football, believe it or not, just as they did in 1966.
The Clarets finished the season in third place in 1966 to make the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (the precursor to the UEFA Cup and the Europa League).
Chelsea struggled in 2018 finishing the Premier League season in fifth spot. Guess what? The Blues finished the 1966 season in fifth spot too.
Southgate’s side has had a solid start to the World Cup winning two of three matches in the group stage, Just like England did in 1966.
While for most people these facts are merely coincidence, for England fans it means only one thing.
Football is coming home.