Meet the fam­i­lies with di­vided loy­al­ties (they don’t live here!)

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page -

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.”

FLAGGED UP: Is this house in Peter­bor­ough Road, Whit­tle­sey, home to the area’s biggest fan? If you know of a more dec­o­rated house, con­tact the ET news­desk on 01733 588713.

Pic­ture: GE­ORGI MABEE.

RI­VALS: Cal­i­for­nian Lisa Tay­lor (right) is sup­port­ing USA while her hus­band Matt and son, Jack are back­ing Eng­land. (METP-10-06-10GM019)

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