When you think of football you probably think of a sport dominated by men, both on the field and in the stands. But that's not really the case. Despite the fact England is often considered a football-centric society, a new survey finds that's not the case. In fact quite a lot of people are big fat phoneys.
The first myth that needs busting is the claim only men like football, which isn't the case. Around a third of football fans in the UK (and other parts of Europe) are women. So it's not just a sport about men watching other men run around after a ball. But a new survey by SureMen also found that a lot of British men don't know as much about football as they let on.
One in ten claimed to have felt pressured by friends to know about football, which was adequately represented in that episode of the IT Crowd where Roy and Moss pretend to like football so they can make more friends.
A further 46 per cent of people asked said they didn't know who Trent Alexander-Arnold was. Apparently he's a rising star in the game, and plays for both Liverpool and the National team. That didn't stop 10 per cent of people asking whether he was was reality TV star, politician, or newsreader. I assume they hasn't seen a picture of him, because he's a bit young to be a famous politician.
The icing on the cake, however, is that 40 per cent of British men didn't know Harry Kane was the England captain. I'm assuming they accounted for Welsh and English respondents who don't care about the English team, and that means most guys are a bunch of phoneys. I didn't know that either, but I couldn't name a quarter of the players on the team. Does Wayne Rooney still play football? Or is he too busy starring in the stage production of Shrek?
To men of the country I say this: embrace the fact you don't give a damn about football. Spectator sport is stupid anyway, and there are much better things you could do. Don't pretend to like football just because your friends might judge you for not knowing Belgium striker Batshuayi isn't a type of cheese (70 per cent of you). [Indy100]