OK, Everyone on the Forum must have noticed that I'm a Nationalist, unreconstructed, but I live with a half Scots/half English friend and I lived in England for more years than most of you have probably lived at all!!
I once took an English friend to Twickenham to watch us play her lot!! I can't remember how I got two tickets or why her husband let her come, but when we got back to their house, she cried, "They're mad! They're all mad!" This was because, when we finally got ahead in a close game, the chap in front of us was so excited that he grabbed his friend's crutch and waved it over his head, while his friend hopped on his one good leg!!!
She didn't mind my pleasure in winning, because she realised we were all as mad as each other!!
But there is a lot of history behind this, beginning when the Romans left.
Also we all know what lurks behind Ireland's wish to win and there were a lot of years when England and France were fighting, while Scotland had the Auld Alliance and Owain Glyndwr wrote to ask the King of France for aid!!
I think we all view Italy differently. It is a long time since the Romans left and most of Scotland and all of Ireland weren't conquered.
Scotland has a different beef with England. An Independent country 'gives' its neighbour a king. A granddaughter of that king asks the two countries to join so she only has one Parliament to attend. The larger country, from thenceforth treats the smaller as a colony. It wasn't surprising. It was how they were used to treating other Nations, but it is bound to rankle!
SO: I like a lot of English people. I like most of the English people I have ever met.
But I still want Cymru to win!!
(And I still want Cymru to be an independent Nation!)
@aran I hope this will not get me banned. I feel honesty is best!! I haven't met anyone on the forum who is anything but lovely.
I'm not lovely! I'm a crotchety old dragon! I didn't wield green paint, but only because I was in London most of the time. We had protest parties in London about things we didn't like and could do nothing about!!