The legacy of the World Cup has been ubiquitous on the return of the Premier League: Sky have marketed it as the return of England's heroes; most managers are moaning about the delayed return of some of their players; Paul Pogba was referred to as "World Cup winner" about a thousand times last night.
The league is eager to seize some of the goodwill in the air as a result of England's run to the semi-finals, although not everyone is as enthused with Gareth's Boys. According to a report in today's Times, West Ham's Austrian international Marko Arnautovic is among them.
The refrain of 'It's Coming Home' went from ironic expression of hope and habit of despair to mass slogan of blind optimism before ending up as an instrument of mockery.
According to The Times, Arnautovic was overheard goading Walker at this week's Premier League launch about the song.
West Ham United’s Marko Arnautovic was overheard teasing Kyle Walker, with the Austria striker telling the Manchester City defender that one of the reasons England did not win the tournament was that their fans got carried away by singing the song during the group stages.
The paper reports that Walker didn't bite, and admitted England weren't good enough to make the final.