Cartoon: Come on England!

8 Jun

Cartoon: Come on England!:

Euro 2012
This cartoon by Andy Davey from The Sun relates to the Euro 2012 football tournament, which is being hosted by Poland and Ukraine and starts today.
Two men are removing a diamond jubilee sign from the front of a pub somewhere in the heart of England (note the thatched roof) and replacing it with a Euro 2012 sign in support of the England team. One man says to the other, “The Queen lasted four days—how long do you give this lot?” Another sign says “Watch it all here”, referring to the fact that matches will be shown live in pubs all over Britain.
VOCABULARY
You can refer to a specific group of people as a lot, often with negative connotations. • I’ve never taught such a useless lot of students. In this case, it’s the England football team the man is talking about.
EXPLANATION
The joke is that no-one expects England to go very far in the tournament, and they will do well to progress beyond the group stages.
ALSO SEE
Come On, England! Ahead of Euro 2012, Why Has the National Soccer Team Consistently Disappointed? (TIME Magazine)
As Euro 2012 kicks off, England expects … not very much (The Guardian)

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