A bad challenge from Gary Cahill led to tempers flaring between players, with various altercations ensuing as a result.
One altercation involved Struna grabbing Rashford by the neck, causing Lingard – who immediately lunged towards three Slovenian players – to react furiously.
Lingard, who was booked for his conduct, tweeted earlier: “Always got u bruh”.
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) October 12, 2016
If someone sticks up for you in the same way that Lingard sticks up for Rashford, you’re a lucky guy. This, ladies and gentlemen, is bromance in its purest, most distilled form. But it’s also more than that: it’s an illustration of football’s inherently tribal nature – often backgrounded by modern football’s strictly bureaucratic, commercial image.
But once you strip away everything superfluous that exists in the beautiful game – adverts, contracts, sponsorship deals, big, authoritative and *definitely* ethically consistent cooperations like FIFA – and observe what is left, you see a raw, almost wild kind of passion for game, a determination to stand alongside those wearing the same badge as you.
Pundits may sit there and go: “oh, now this is the sort of thing we don’t like to see,” but we all know that those moments of sheer primal aggression – as displayed by Lingard – are the moments we sometimes cherish the most.