Football fever appears to have infected the Commons, following England's 2-1 win over Denmark last night. Tory backbencher Lee Anderson may still be maintaining his boycott over the team's 'taking the knee' stance but the rest of his parliamentary colleagues have been eagerly following the journey of Southgate's side, judging by the plethora of pictures plastered across various social media sites.
Even the hallowed chamber of the Commons itself has not been immune from some dreadful football-related 'puns.' First Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner opened at the dispatch box today with this 'zinger': 'Football is coming home, but I also think the chickens are coming home to roost for this government.' Instant red card for that one. And now Jacob Rees-Mogg has managed to one-up the Opposition by quoting the words of England winger John Barnes from his infamous rap section of the 1990 hit 'World in Motion.'
Mr S would normally have his doubts about MPs singing New Order but as Leader of the House, this genre surely falls within Rees-Mogg's brief. In an aside that mixed the classics with the modern, the Old Etonian told MPs:
“I think the line to take Mr Speaker is from Mr Barnes: You've got to hold and give but do it at the right time, you can be slow or fast but you must get to the line' and can I reassure you Mr Speaker that 'We ain't no hooligans, this ain't a football song, three lions on my chest, I know we can't go wrong' or as another John put it, John Dryden, 'For they conquer who believe they can' and I think for the record that Dryden was translating Virgil.
If that doesn't get the team fired up for Italy then what will?