After going 49 years without winning a major trophy, the English FA are turning to a former U.S. president for inspiration as the Three Lions look to turn their fortunes around on the international stage.
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Martin Glenn, the new chief executive officer of the English Football Association, has quoted former President of the United States John F. Kennedy as he begins his first day in charge of leading the FA.
Glenn spoke about England’s aim to win the 2022 World Cup, a tournament they have won just once in their history back in 1966 on home soil, and took inspiration from JFK’s space exploration program which resulted in the U.S. landing on the moon in 1969.
“When John F Kennedy said he wanted to put a man on the moon by 1970, everyone thought he was bonkers. But he put NASA in place and gave them funding,” Glenn told the FA’s website. “There were no guarantees but everyone, including the janitor, knew that the aim was to get a man on the moon by 1970 and they did it by the end of the decade. Winning the World Cup in 2022 is not a pie-in-the-sky hope. It is the kind of ambition that should catalyst all ambitions to do things a bit differently.”
Many would argue (mostly England fans) that building a team of eleven Englishman capable of winning the World Cup in seven years time is a much tougher task than putting a man on the moon was 46 years ago.
Let’s see if the FA’s new chief executive is able to pull off something remarkable and unite a nation which is desperate for success on the international stage.