Can inspiration be the winning formula for England’s sports teams?

Can inspiration be the winning formula for England’s sports teams?

A massive summer of sport awaits but can inspiration be the winning formula for England’s sports teams? The national sport – football – has hardly led by example over the last few years. Sadly the England Under 21s failed to buck the trend with an early exit from the European Championships this week. But it’s not all bad news. Far from it in fact. Pride has been a buzzword across both the men and women’s senior teams of late – and recent success for both suggests inspiration could yet prove the secret to English sporting success. “Playing without fear” – taking inspiration from the past After his two goals during England’s recent qualifying win in Slovenia, Jack Wilshere admitted he had been inspired by watching the new film about former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne. “Playing without fear” was the main message he took on board while watching the newly-released documentary on the flight over to Ljubljana a fortnight ago. He certainly took it on board. The 3-2 victory that ensued, and all but secured England’s qualification for France 2016, was arguably Wilshere’s best game for his country so far. So can others follow his lead? Can inspiration be the winning formula for England’s sports teams? There are no shortages of opportunities for this theory to be put to the test in a packed summer of sport. England’s women are setting the standard for others to follow After Lucy Bronze’s stunning winner against Norway, England’s women have progressed to a World Cup quarter final clash with hosts Canada, just three games from glory. They have plenty of their own stories to tell,...