I have been considering my World Cup strategy. It can, of course, be ignored altogether, but that seems a little churlish for an event that is of such importance to so many people in so many places and means you cut yourself completely out of conversations in the pub.
So I will watch some matches. And I will choose a team to support in each. The nub of the strategy is, simply, to cheer on the underdog. I think this could be a great deal more fun than becoming dreadfully partisan and, since most of those I root for are doomed to lose anyway – not every match of course, but in their groups, there is little need to feel I am jinxing their chances.
So, yay, Ecuador, well done. And go for it, Trinidad and Tobago.
My summer jollity is assured.