During the Euro 2012 tournament the languagecaster team will explain a football headline that has appeared in the English-speaking press. Today’s headline is Rooney is hoping it will be all white on the night as England striker returns to front line. You can also find many more examples of football phrases here, as well as football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.
Euro 2012 Headline of the Day: Rooney is hoping it will be all white on the night as England striker returns to front line
Today’s headline is from the Daily Mail newspaper and is all about the return of England’s star player, Wayne Rooney, from a suspension. The key phrase in this headline is ‘it will be all white on the night‘. This phrase echoes the more familiar English phrase it will be all right on the night, meaning that everything will be OK on the day of an event: perhaps this was originally used to give actors confidence as they rehearsed for a performance – their friends were telling them that when they were on stage it would be fine. So in the phrase in the headline, rhyming is used – white, with night. White is the colour of the England team’s shirt, and so this refers to Rooney playing for his team again and giving his team confidence. In addition, the newspaper uses the colour white to reference the red card he received and hint that he has learnt his lesson and will be calmer (red is an angry colour, white is calm) on the day of the match. Finally, ‘all white‘ can also mean that Rooney is hoping for a victory to make the England fans, in white, happy and turning the stadium all white with their flags and shirts. Rooney is hoping it will be all white on the night as England striker returns to front line
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