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The Fiver | Educational songs about mid-20th century European history

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You’ll have noticed a few red-faced Englishmen getting very angry when Callum Wilson’s goal against Switzerland was disallowed by VAR on Sunday. No surprise there, to be fair to the lads, given they must have been itching to get away from the stadium and back to the boozer, ready to resume charming the locals with some educational songs about mid-20th century European history. Every minute matters when people are waiting to hear about what did happen to those 10 German bombers in the air, so it was no wonder that some England fans could be heard chanting “[Eff] VAR” when Wilson’s elation at breaking the Swiss resistance proved short-lived. Weirdly VAR remained un-effed, however, and that meant Gareth Southgate’s team had to go through the stress of a penalty shootout in order to win the ultimate gong: third place in the Intertoto Cup (that is what that competition’s called, isn’t it?). Eek!

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