Today is the day when we see if the England team can indeed be the side that brings the World Cup back to England after a long 44 years since 1966 when we hammered West Germany 4-2 in that final game.
It seems that the USA is indeed interested in the World Cup this year, although most American sports fans will be more concerned with the NBA finals between the LA Lakers and the Boston Celtics, which are going on right now.
In fact while I’m writing this piece, CNN are explaining (trying to) what a dive is, and what “missed a sitter” means – and the broadcaster says he may watch the game, but only if the Yankees are not playing.
But there will be a huge TV audience (well, let’s make that big) in the States this afternoon to watch the England vs USA game today, which is at 2:30pm eastern time.
The thing that worries us most about the England team is that they have never been too strong mentally, and it often seems the big games are just too much for our players.
Of course the expectations in England are huge for the England team, and we’ve all been trying to convince ourselves that under the great Fabio Capello, they are indeed good enough to win the whole thing – for the second time ever.
The mental strength is almost the opposite with US footballers, who often rise on the big stage, and that was evident last year when they beat Spain 2-0 in the Confederations Cup, at a time when Spain was ranked number one in the world by FIFA, and had been unbeaten in over 30 previous games.
The US did well against Brazil in the following game in the final, and were 2-0 up at half time before Brazil came storming back in the second half to win the game.
But those games should be fair warning to England, and we’re sure Fabio Capello will have the England boys fully ready for the game.
The US ability to rise to the occasion was also evident back in the first game of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea/Japan, when they were 3-0 up in the first half against Portugal before finally winning that game 3-2.
The very famous saying from Admiral Horatio Nelson before the Battle of Trafalgar back in 1805 against the French- England expects that every man will do his duty. is very appropriate today
Twenty-seven British ships of the line were led by Admiral Lord Nelson, who was aboard the HMS Victory and they defeated thirty-three French and Spanish ships of the line under French Admiral Pierre Villeneuve off the south-west coast of Spain.
The Franco-Spanish fleet lost twenty-two ships, without a single British ship being lost – in short – we completely annihilated them 22-0. 😀
We have to expect that every England player will do his duty today – and 1-0 would be good enough.