England Can Take Nothing For Granted Against USA Today

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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Artemus

    Jun 12, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #1

    2002 was our year, but we didn’t get past Brazil. I predict a draw, but we still win the group and cruise to the quarters, where we can take yet another shot at the semis.

    Best US squad ever. Mostly Premier Leaguers now.

  • Tom Mo.

    Jun 12, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Let’s go USA.

  • Daverism

    Jun 12, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #3

    3-1 England.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Jun 12, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #4

    England’s lack of mental strength has been due to poor coaching in recent years, which isn’t an issue now under Capello. England usually start competitions slowly, but I really hope that this isn’t the case this time.

    I want to see England crush the USA as a signal of intent.

  • henok ethiopian toon

    Jun 12, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #5

    I am American but I wish England will embarce them …and what kind of British person wish USA wins

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jun 12, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s going to be a struggle, the England team hasn’t looked clever in the warm ups and James is sure to drop a clanger at some point. 2-1 at best, 1-1 most likely, but defeat will not come as a great shock.

    Whatever the result, expect the usual plodding performance to be an overdue wake up call to those who think we will cruise to the semis, ’cause we won’t..

  • Bucks mag

    Jun 12, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Can’t wait till 19.30, I’ve been playing 3 lions on repeat for ages. Never got tired of that song! Come on England!

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jun 12, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #8

    … I thank you.

    PS For James read Green! All our keepers are blunder prone.


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