A note to the US team:

Guys, please pull your socks up and start playing like grownups. You made it to the Cup when a lot of talented teams didn’t. If you don’t start functioning a lot better than this, you’re never going to have a chance to beat England…

(And, on a happier note, a magic reminiscence from a tournament long ago:)

In 1954 when Ireland were playing Luxembourg, they had an inside left called F**kinger. To my eternal glee, he was the best player on the pitch. He was everywhere. (Radio Eireann sports commentator Philip Greene, who would therefore have had to say the player’s name about eight hundred times)

(snort) Wonder how the FCC would handle that kind of name if it came up in a match these days….

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