Dear England

This study guide will help you analyze Gareth Southgate’s open letter “Dear England,” which was used for a written exam in English B STX on the 11th of August 2023. In addition to help for your analysis, you can find a summary of the text and ideas for discussing it.


Excerpt from the study guide:

In his open letter “Dear England” Gareth Southgate speaks about football, national pride, and societal issues. 

Southgate begins by looking back on the previous year and its challenges. He then looks forward to the Euros where the England National Football Team will compete. Southgate then speaks about memorable moments during football games which people will remember forever, and gives several examples of his own personal favorites. Southgate also stresses that not everyone finds the same things memorable. 

Southgate believes that individual differences also apply when people think about their national identity. People have different ideas of what it means to be English. For Southgate, his identity and pride is connected to his family, especially his grandfather who fought during World War II. He believes everyone has pride in one's national identity, including football players.

Southgate gives arguments to counteract the false narrative that some football players do not care about playing for England. He argues that every football player from the English national team is proud to represent England. Many of them are people from humble backgrounds who have come very far. Southgate is concerned when he sees them browse social media after a match because they see negative comments about their performance, as well as about their race and identity. 

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