On Monday evening I pulled my cards ready for this match, and have left them out on my worktop in the study. 20 minutes in at the time of writing. I am looking at them now.
England’s cards: 2 Clubs, 4 Clubs, 2 Diamonds, Queen of Hearts, Queen of Diamonds.
Croatia’s cards: 6 Hearts, 8 Clubs, 4 Spades, 10 Clubs, 9 Clubs.
Tough one. Croatia look solid. All those sporting Clubs cards. England better be careful , or rather, better be bold, they have the better cards, but by heck, not by much, and must stay FAST. Clean, lean and very mean. Diamonds is electricity. Lightning strikes.
Why did I draw the Queen of Diamonds? Why a Queen, in the cards for England’s performance tonight? It’s not classically known as a sporting card.
I wondered about number correlations. Jacks are elevens, Kings are thirteens. Queens correlate to the number 12. All I could think looking at the cards, was that a player wearing shirt 12 might be especially significant for England during this match.
‘Who might that be?’ I asked Il Matrimonio, ‘who wears the number 12 shirt?’
He didn’t know.
‘OK, well, just watch out for a player with 12 on his shirt,’ I said.
But I hear a roar. England have scored, and Il Matrimonio has just shouted through that the striker was Kieran Trippier…and within the first few minutes….wearing the Number 12 shirt.
Queen of Diamonds Kieran.
Is it enough?
Curiouser and curiouser.
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