Rob Beckett in a bucket hat spoke for a nation at Wembley… the sheer joy of his social media posts mirrored pubs and living rooms up and down the country as England beat Germany
The Everyman in a Bucket Hat. Rob Beckett spoke for a nation at Wembley. And then on a street while munching fried chicken. And then in the back of an Uber with a megaphone.
Quite a day — and night — for the popular comedian, who documented his trip to watch that historic victory over Germany on Instagram.
If you have not watched his social media story, comprising 41 (forty-one) parts, then you’ve missed out, because they are automatically deleted after 24 hours. More fool you.
Comedian Rob Beckett spoke for a nation at Wembley as he documented England’s victory
He spoke to the general mood of English football fans over the course of 10 hours on Tuesday
Essentially, Beckett videoed himself all day, becoming increasingly giddier over England’s progression. He met mates, enjoyed a beer, had a laugh. Ended up shouting, ‘It’s coming home!’ out of a taxi. The usual.
In isolation, Beckett’s Boozy Afternoon of Euros Fun was very amusing but also spoke to the general mood of English football supporters over the course of 10 hours on Tuesday.
The sheer joy of his posts mirrored pubs and living rooms up and down the country. Just the bearded man in 1990s garb happens to have 600,000 followers.
Every credit to the 35-year-old for somehow succeeding in sitting up in bed to keep his guest appearance on Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 Breakfast Show at circa 7.45 on Wednesday morning before taking his child to a swimming lesson.
‘I’m empty. I’ve got nothing else to give,’ Beckett told a simultaneously sympathetic and chortling Ball.
‘I’ve lost my voice. I don’t know where my wallet is. I bought semi-final and final tickets last night… the final’s on my mum’s birthday and I’m hosting a BBQ, so that’s got to be sorted out. It was so great. That’s the best atmosphere of any sporting event I’ve ever been to.’ Beckett is an Arsenal fan.
The bitter fallout continues in France. And Veronique Rabiot, mother of Adrien, appears to be at the centre of it, which observers claim is no surprise.
Ms Rabiot is alleged to have clashed with the families of Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba as they crashed out to Switzerland. She likes the chat.
Mbappe should become less arrogant, she said, according to reports, and Pogba should really not have given the ball away in midfield — as if that had been his plan.
Sadly for France, all this squabbling — which is said to have extended to the players — fits neatly into a stereotype and is at odds with the 2018 World Cup winners.
Adrien Rabiot’s mother Veronique was reportedly involved in a bust-up with other family members of France’s Euro 2020 squad
Ms Rabiot, though, is no stranger to a bit of controversy. She hooked her young son out of Manchester City a matter of months after joining, and she was not shy in coming forward about Paris Saint-Germain’s treatment of him, either.
That explosive nature is best summed up by an event in 2019. The midfielder had been told to train with the reserves after contract talks broke down and was then suspended by the club after a nightclub visit following a Champions League defeat by Manchester United.
His mother’s response? ‘Adrien is a prisoner. He is a hostage at PSG. Soon, it is dry bread, water and a dungeon!’
Say what you mean, Veronique.
The Juventus midfielder played some part in all four of France’s games during the tournament