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Refusing to accept defeat

Wello, writing to the Times from Normandy and Surrey, was elated by England's victory in the World Cup semi-finals.

"To a man, England simply refuse to accept defeat and their commitment to the cause is quite astonishing. The whole country should be proud of their efforts."

Refusing to accept defeat is a characteristic which has served Brits well on many occasions. But why do we so often fail to respond until the odds are so thoroughly against us?

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