Sarina Wiegman’s unerringly good England are yet to revive my familiar pain | England women’s football team

In 2014, Cambridge United played Gateshead in the National League play-off Final. Four minutes to go and we were 2-1 up when Ian Miller, our centre-back, went down with a broken ankle. We’d used all our subs. The referee played 10 minutes of injury time. TEN MINUTES. It felt about a year. Gateshead put a header just wide as the clock flicked to 99 minutes. My voice had gone. I could barely breathe. The relief at the final whistle is almost impossible to articulate.

Every fan recognises that agonising knot of nerves that goes beyond the pit of the stomach. It is overwhelming and…


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