Have been trying to contain my excitement about the greatest tournament the world has ever seen.
Beckham getting crocked helped dent my enthusiasm as did Rooneys constant niggles and when the England coach managed to negotiate himself a 2 year extension just last week it made me think he knows something the rest of us don't and England do not have a shot.
But then came along this clip which has with one viewing rekindled the most enduring love affair of my life.
You Kiwis can get all moist about Rugby but the only thing left for me in Rugby after watching Lorenzo and his boys lift the cup in 2003 is the immense joy I get watching your lot of chocolate soldiers cock it up every four years.
The Focus soundtrack is perfect.
Risking excommunication I shall post regularly over the next few weeks with the theme being football and England.
Oh, and I hope the All Whites pick up a point or two along the way.