In toxic times, England’s exit must not bring an end to this sense of unity | David Conn

We can all hope for a lasting legacy of unity from England’s heartening journey to the World Cup semi-final, but there is a queue of cautionary notes When England make it to a World Cup in normal times there is never too much need to agonise over the significance of it all beyond the football itself; the coherence of midfield, confidence on the ball, the astonishingly fine margins between progress and exit. But these are abnormal times – with the UK divided by the toxic, anti‑immigration Brexit campaign – so, understandably, people have agonised.
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