More Than a Game enjoys a pint with London Mayor Boris Johnson at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. We want Boris, Lineker and Shearer to travel to Ukraine and support the England team.

Friday, May 11, 2012

It's bad enough that only around 5,000 England fans are expected to travel to Ukraine instead of the 20,000 that were originally looking like they were going to spend their summer at the 2012 Euros. Now though comes the news that England legends Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer will also not be travelling to Ukraine. The two former England centre-forwards will head the BBC's coverage of the Euro 2012 tournament but, instead of covering the championships live from Kiev and Donetsk, Shearer and Lineker will be based in rainy Salford, Manchester!

We can only assume that the BBC's decision to keep their star men in England is because of the ridiculous costs associated with being based in the Ukrainian host cities during the tournament. Or perhaps it is the lack of expectation about the England national team's chances at Euro 2012. Either way, it doesn't inspire any of us travelling to Ukraine to be filled with any great sense that this is England's year.

It was so very different in South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Even London Mayor - and future British PM - Boris Johnson travelled out to support the national team and was spotted by More Than a Game living it up in Cape Town before England's world cup match with Algeria there.

We hope that the BBC will change its plans and send Lineker (check out his Arsene Wenger impression here) and Shearer to Ukraine. We reckon the mere presence of these two England legends will boost moral among the travelling supporters and the national team. And, while we are at it, let's send the charismatic Boris out to Ukraine as well! England need all the support they can get.