When I first saw that poster of Wayne Rooney, my first thought was “Wow! What a striking image,” and I still think so. I certainly didn’t think it was some call to arms as Labour MP, Stephen Pound, would have it.
“This is such a horrible image and is so horribly war-like that it can only be described as Nike being crass, offensive and insensitive as they try to hitch poor old Rooney to their commercial bandwagon. Wayne’s a good Catholic boy and I think the obvious crucifixion nuance is one part of it, but the aggressive nature of the pose is something we could do without.”
Steady on Steve, either it’s a war-like image or a reference to the crucifixion (a worrying allusion with the might of Ecuador awaiting us on Sunday) but it can’t be both surely? And if there is an obvious crucifixion nuance, well there would be wouldn’t there, given that the flag of St George portrays a cross FFS.
I guess whether you like it will depend on whether you’re an English football fan or in the easily offended camp. What do you think?