Newspaper Headlines: England Rocked by Armband Farce

In this football language newspaper headline from the Mail newspaper, we look at the verb ‘to rock’  You can see more newspaper headlines here and don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at:

England rocked by armband farce

Newspaper Headlines: England rocked by armband farce

In this headline from the Mail newspaper, we look at the controversy around the ‘One Love’ rainbow armband that captain Harry Kane is planning to wear in England’s opening game at the 2022 World Cup. The England team, along with Wales, Germany, the Dutch and other sides wanted to show support for the LGBQT community by having their captains wear the rainbow-coloured armband. However, FIFA do not want them to do this and have issued a warning that any captain wearing one will receive a yellow card, which appears to go against the ideals of ‘inclusivity’ that appeared in yesterday’s opening ceremony.

The headline uses the verb ‘to rock‘ which here means that England are very surprised indeed; they were shocked at the decision. The word ‘farce‘ is used here by the newspaper to show that FIFA (not mentioned but clearly referred to) has made an unfair decision and that the whole issue has been badly organised. There are talks going on right up to kick off and it appears that the English FA will back down, this means they will not ask Kane to wear one which would be a poor decision indeed.

Related Vocabulary

Learn English Through Football
Learn English Through Football
Learn English Through Football

Welcome to the website that helps students interested in football improve their English language skills. Soccer fans can enhance these skills with lots of free language resources: a weekly podcast, football phrases, explanations of football vocabulary, football cliches, worksheets, quizzes and much more at

Google | Facebook | Twitter | Mail | Website

Join the discussion

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Further reading