WORLD CUP WAITING IS ALMOST OVER...
Meet the families with divided loyalties (they don’t live here!)
ENGLAND and the USA have always enjoyed a “special relationship” but for one city family the World Cup has put all that on hold.
Because while husband Matt Taylor and son Jack (8) are supporting England tonight, mum Lisa refuses to betray her Californian roots and will be rooting for her red, white and blue compatriots.
And for one night the banter will reach fever pitch with neither side willing to budge as the family share a sofa in their Belsize Avenue home in Woodston as they watch the “land of the free” take on the “three lions”.
Office manager at the Peterborough Environment City Trust, Lisa, who hails from San Diego said she hoped that the USA could deliver the “soccer” punch and knock England out in the first round but admits to being outnumbered in her own home.
She said: “I have been talking to all my family in America on Facebook and everyone is really excited about the game over there.
“We were in the States for the last World Cup so at least there are no early starts
“I couldn’t persuade Jack to support the US - he loves Wayne Rooney too much so I have had to rely on all my Scottish friends to back me up, as they are not in it they are joining forces with me to back the US.
Rooney, Stevie G and Crouchy will be taking on the less than household names of Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey in the game
But social worker husband Matt, said with USA 14th in the world and England creeping into the top 10 at eighth it would be a tight game but he was confident England would win.
He said: “I think it will be 2-1 win for us to be honest.
“We have been trying to persuade Lisa to come over from the “dark side” to support England but she won’t.
“There has been plenty of banter flying around over the last few weeks.
“I have been reminding her that they have to use their feet not their hands in our style of football, but to be fair she doesn’t know much about the game.
“Jack is definitely English though as he has spent all but two years in this country.
“He loves Wayne Rooney, his name is on his shirt, and he will be cheering him all the way.
Matt, who supports Manchester United as well as Posh, said he wasn’t sure what would happen if the worst-case scenario came true and England succumb to defeat, but is glad he doesn’t have the 3am starts he had when he was watching the Germany World Cup in America.
He said jokingly: “If the USA win I will probably have to pack my bags and go for a few days or I might suggest Lisa might want to go and see her relatives in the States, we shall have to wait and see, but hopefully it won’t come to that.”
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RIVALS: Californian Lisa Taylor (right) is supporting USA while her husband Matt and son, Jack are backing England. (METP-10-06-10GM019)