Michael D will be shouting for England in the World Cup

President Michael D Higgins gets a guard of honour before last night's banquet.

As you know, President Michael D Higgins has been in England for the last couple of days to promote ties between Ireland and the UK, and he's been doing a pretty good job of it.

Last night, in a speech to London’s business elite at the city's Guildhall, in the spirit of reconciliation he announced that he would be supporting England in the upcoming World Cup, because Ireland can't be there.

It comes on the back of the news that England will play the Republic at the Aviva next year.

The President said: "May I offer, once again, my sincere appreciation for your welcome, and for your attention.

"In modest exchange, let me offer something that, coming from the President of Ireland, might seem transformational.

"As a follower of the beautiful game, I look ahead two months to Brazil and say that if Ireland cannot be at the World Cup Finals,then I will raise a glass to England to go all the way."

And why not? Good on ye Michael.

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