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20th Jun 2018

WATCH: James Corden helps England team plead for America’s support in the World Cup

Jamie Vardy is genuinely hilarious

Simon Lloyd

Cast your minds back to the summer of 2014

The World Cup in Brazil was a forgettable one for English football. Consecutive defeats against Italy and Uruguay made it impossible for Roy Hodgson’s side to qualify for the knockout stages before they’d even kicked a ball in their final game – a goalless draw with Costa Rica.

In contrast, the USA team were one of the success stories, making it out of a group containing eventual winners Germany, Portugal and Ghana. They failed to get past Belgium at the last 16 stage, though did manage to take them to extra-time.

America’s progress was celebrated back home, with thousands turning out to watch the team in open air screenings in several major US cities. This, it was said, was another sign of the sport’s growth in the country.

Unfortunately from an American perspective, the US team couldn’t build on this, failing to qualify for this year’s tournament in Russia.

England, however, are there. And with a little help from James Corden, their players are attempting to convince America to pledge their support to them for the tournament.

In a sketch for The Late Late Show, the American talk show Corden hosts, he’s seen persuading Kyle Walker, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Jesse Lingard, Eric Dier and Jamie Vardy that it’s in their best interests to have the backing of the US’s soccer / football obsessed public.

Alli dresses as the Statue of Liberty, Walker struggles to say the word ‘soccer’, Lingard shows off his limited knowledge of US geography … but the highlight is without question Vardy, who attempts to impersonate a cowboy.

Here, have a watch…

England’s win over Tunisia on Monday night means they are in a strong position to qualify for the tournament’s knock-out stages. Should Belgium beat Tunisia on Saturday, a place in the last 16 is guaranteed for England if they beat Panama the next day.