Jeremy Corbyn does straight talking, honest football chat

Written by Dods staff on 15 February 2018 in Diary

The Labour leader didn’t even bother to pretend that England could win the World Cup.

Ever since he was elected Labour leader in 2015 on a promise of straight talking, honest politics, Jeremy Corbyn has regularly been accused by his opponents of doing nothing of the sort.

But in an interview with the football-focused COPA90 YouTube channel, the Arsenal-supporting politician was certainly not afraid to give a brutally honest answer...  when asked who will win the World Cup this year.

Rather than pretending that he believed Gareth Southgate’s men could take home the trophy from the tournament in Russia, Corbyn stated: "I would love to say England but I doubt it. Brazil or Germany.”

In the Labour’s leader’s latest bid to show his credentials as a regular bloke, he also gave his verdict on Arsenal's January transfer business, which included the sale of star forward Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.

“I was happy that Arsenal got, eventually, what we wanted and that the endless debate about Alexis Sanchez was over and he finally moved,” he said in the interview, published by The Guardian.

"I was really pleased when Alexis came and I thought him and Ozil linking up together - and then eventually with Lacazette - could have been a brilliant combination, but clearly Alexis wanted to go.”

The Labour leader did briefly come unstuck when asked which footballer past or present he would compare himself to. Stumped for an answer, Corbyn said that Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was a "very interesting guy".  And then may have gone a bit too far when speculating about what occupies the minds of goalkeepers.

He said: "Being a goalkeeper is the hardest thing because you have to concentrate for the whole of the match and hopefully most of the time you haven’t got much to do – you start thinking about socialism..."


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