The United States at the World Cup? That’s enough to send shivers down the spine of any England fan.
The Three Lions’ latest competitive clash with the Americans is memorable for all the wrong reasons.
As the two nations were drawn into the same group for Qatar 2022, spirits were instantly lifted to the 1-1 draw at the 2010 World Cup.
England were expected to get three points on the board in their opener, and it all started so well when Steven Gerrard put Fabio Capello’s men ahead in the fourth minute – but a howl from the keeper goalscoring Robert Green forced them to settle for a draw.
The former Premier League goalscorer allowed Clint Dempsey’s tame effort from 25 yards to slip past him and it ultimately cost his place in the team.
Footage of Green desperately clawing at the ball as he crossed the line is among those used to capture England’s misfortune at major tournaments since 1966.
But with Gareth Southgate’s side giving hope to the nation by reaching a World Cup semi-final and a European Championship final, we can all laugh at what happened 12 years ago.
That’s certainly Green’s attitude as he prepares to be constantly reminded of his mistake for the next seven months before England face the United States on November 25.
He reacted instantly to the draw, simply tweeting the eyes emoji, seemingly a self-deprecating nod to his mistake all those years ago.
It has over 30,000 likes and counts, with Green showing that sometimes all you can do is laugh.
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