Originally Posted by EnoughSaid
It would probably be a very even match, just like it was at the World Cup. Then again England has gotten worse since then and USA has gotten better.
English media has you believe their players are miles above others and comparable to Germany, Italy and Spain, but even tiny Balkans countries like Montenegro and Croatia produce better players then England.
English have some talent but tactically they are idiots and mentally they don't know what it takes to win.
Fair play is applauded in England but the facts remain, CHEATING WINS WORLD CUPS.
Italy for example every tournament people say it is the weakest Italy team ever but they get to the finals. Of course the players are talented, and they play fearlessly, but on top of their strategy, THEY ARE AMAZING AT WINNING GAMES-which is my polite way of saying they are really good at getting away with dirty fouls and diving.
It is not just Italy, the Germans, Brazilians, Argentinians, Spaniards, are all masters of cheating.
Uruguay produces world class talent but IMO they always punch above their weight because they are the masters of cheating of any other country in the world, just look at Suarez or any of their midfielders. Even other South Americans and Latin Americans are always telling and complaining to me how good Uruguay is at cheating-and if other South Americans complain about their diving, you know it is bad.
This is just my objective opinion, I'm not trying to discredit the talent of their footballers. They have superior talent. But they combine that talent with superior will to win, and yes, superior cheating skills.
When I was growing up playing AYSO (noob football league in America) I had an Italian coach one year and he did have us practice diving and acting hurt in training, even though we were little kids. He did tell us to stay on the ground and grab our legs if we saw a tackle, and he encouraged us to dive in the penalty box. I'm not even joking. And also everyone frowns upon that kind of behavior, but at the same time, it is little things like that that can decide games and it is only logical to try to have an advantage at cheating as well as every other aspect of the game.
Every country has an identity, let's take Italy again for example. Well disciplined defense, clutchness, whole team behind the ball, get a goal, then sit on it. The whole team knows their role and they have a common goal.
What is England's identity? Fast wingers, boot the ball aimlessly up the field and hope it lands on the head of a striker. And also playing with "good sportsmanship" and not diving, which puts them at a disadvantage.
As long as England keeps this fair play no diving attitude, they will win nothing.
Discredit my argument all you want, but I implore you to look objectively at all of the past winners of the world cup.
All of them, except for England are master cheaters and divers. England's one world cup was only won at home with several questionable calls going in their favor anyways.