When it comes to positive press, England and the FA have been starved of it recently. The past few months have been some of the most tumultuous and damaging in recent history for the Three Lions.
While a 2-0 victory over Malta proved a convenient manner through which to brush those issues under the carpet, a black cloud still lingers.
Moreover, while it may not compare to sting operations and sackings, England have come in for further stick this weekend. For what exactly? Dab Cam.
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Malta may tick all the boxes for sunshine and holidays; the island nation isn’t renowned for its footballing ability.
Consequently, upon their arrival to Wembley, many supporters were wondering just how many goals the minnows would ship. Therefore, upon England only winning 2-0, many were left surprised and somewhat underwhelmed.
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Daniel Sturridge’s superb header and Dele Alli’s second international goal capped off a fine first half, but the Three Lions stagnated after the break. Joe Hart was never truly troubled, yet England’s attacking remained largely blunt.
However, given the recent upheavals, Gareth Southgate can’t be too displeased with a win that sees England maintain their 100% record in qualifying.
Besides, as far as Twitter is concerned, there were far bigger issues emanating from the visit of Malta.
Thanks to the antics of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, dabbing has become something of a phenomenon in the ‘beautiful game’. It seems everybody is celebrating their goals in such a manner now.
Adebayo Akinfenwa and Heung Min Son, we’re looking at you.
Nevertheless, given Lingard’s first call-up and start with the England senior squad, it appears Wembley was keen to ride the wave of the trend. This weekend saw the inauguration of ‘dab cam’.
Cameras would search the crowd for unsuspecting fans and challenging them to, unsurprisingly, dab. While this may appear a harmless antic from England’s home ground, Twitter hasn’t taken too kindly to it. In fact, dab cam’s debut has been roasted left, right and centre.
Here are the pick of the tweets:
After such a reception, it’s unlikely that dab cam will be making a return anytime soon. That being said, if Pogba finds the net more regularly, it’ll be hard to rid football of the celebration.
It appears that while the arm action is rife in the Manchester United dressing room, England fans simply aren’t sold.
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