Football, rugby and cricket tournaments have all contributed to the rise in English national consciousness in recent years. Politicalbetting.com asks if this phenomenon will have an impact on the burning question at Westminster:
You can’t help but feeling a bit sorry for Gordon over the timing of the World Cup. There he is in the final stages of his plan to take over the Labour leadership and along comes the contest which in the UK is the ultimate “English-fest”.
With the question mark over his appeal to the electors as a whole being the main obstacle standing in the way of the succession that he regards as his getting the World Cup right is critical - and much more important than any policy issue. (Politicalbetting.com)