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It’s time to take English identity seriously—and make way for a new, 21st century nation

People in England are more likely to feel "English" than "British." Yet debates on everything from sovereignty to shared values focus on the latter—and it's holding the country back

By John Denham  

Head coach Gareth Southgate of England reacts after the 2018 FIFA World Cup third place play-off match between England and Belgium. Photo: PA

If few predicted the success of England’s football team, fewer still expected it to spark a new and almost wholly positive debate about English identity.

Framed by Gareth Southgate’s observation that “We’re a team with our diversity and our youth that represents modern England,” the matches have not only been marked by white men and women unreservedly celebrating a multi-racial team, but by crowds of…

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