Ordering a plate of dog means I need to raise my game speaking Italian | Eni Aluko

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Signing for Juventus was among the personal highlights of 2018, a year that saw progress on many fronts but not racism

The turn of the year left behind 12 months to remember personally on and off the field but also from a wider perspective in football.

On the pitch if I could summarise 2018 in one word it would be progress. Progress for the England men’s team who, perhaps unexpectedly, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup. They continued that momentum by qualifying for the Nations League finals beating top nations such as Spain with the exciting, fearless brand of football we have all been craving to see from England. I was fortunate to be at many of England’s games in Russia working for ITV, which again exemplified the progress within the media working as a female pundit at the men’s World Cup. We now see so many female footballers contributing their opinions on men’s football on a weekly basis to the extent it is becoming normal. Long may that continue in 2019.

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Written by Eni Aluko
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2019/jan/03/plate-of-dog-raise-game-speaking-italian-juventus under the title “Ordering a plate of dog means I need to raise my game speaking Italian | Eni Aluko”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.