Soccer fans in England and the United States have been locked in a battle of words on social media over who gets James Corden after both teams settled for a 0-0 draw in Qatar on Friday.
That’s three times and counting as the teams have met on football’s biggest stage and England are still waiting for their first win against the Americans in a competitive tournament.
Coach Gareth Southgate had reminded his players of that record beforehand, when the US won 1-0 in 1950 and drew 1-1 in 2010. They didn’t seem to heed his warning and didn’t respond to Gregg Berhalter’s. young and energetic team.
England beat Iran 6-2 in their opening game in Qatar to justify their status as one of the tournament favourites. But he could consider himself lucky not to have lost another game to the USA, after Christian Pulisic hit the crossbar with a shot in the first half and Weston McKinnie lifted a shot from eight yards.
Before the clash, football fans had joked that the loser of the game had to stay with ‘Late Late Night Show’ host Corden.
“We deserve James Corden after that performance,” KFC UK tweeted after Friday’s clash.
Ahead of Friday’s 0-0 draw, fan groups in the US and England claimed that the loser would have to keep James Corden within their borders. Fans, however, don’t know what to make of the inconclusive result.
KFC UK did not hold back in its assessment of the performance of the England players against the US.
‘The 0-0 draw means that, according to the rules, James Corden has to stay in the middle of the Atlantic in a boat. #ENGUSA’ wrote a fan from England.
“As a result of the draw between England and the USA, James Corden was left adrift in a wooden barrel in the Atlantic,” a USMNT follower shared.
Another added: “Sadly, that draw means James Corden will spend 6 months in each country per year, the worst of all possible outcomes.”
One fan found the ultimate solution to Friday’s inconclusive result, suggesting that Corden should “be launched into space.”
“No one catches him, the world will heal,” he added.
Fans in both countries have come up with some brilliant ideas after Friday’s goalless draw
Reflecting on the goalless draw and what it meant, another fan tweeted: “If we learned anything today, it’s that nobody loves James Corden.”
“Give France James Corden, then everyone is a winner,” shared English journalist Alex Tiffin.
“Since England and USA have drawn, the only fair compromise is to put James Corden in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean,” wrote one American fan.
One fan suggested giving Corden away to France, while others questioned whether Friday’s result was deliberate in not resolving the debate over the actor’s residential status.
“I’m sure the USA and England put together a draw so no one would have to keep James Corden,” said one skeptical fan.
“At least now we have an excuse to cut James Corden in half,” another fan tweeted.
“So who gets James Corden?” former Premier League commentator Arlo White said after the goalless draw.
Friday’s draw for both teams sets up a match for the United States against Iran on Tuesday for a spot in the Round of 16. Iran beat Wales 2-0 earlier and sit second in Group B with three points, one more than the Americans.
England will only need to draw or win against Wales to progress to the knockout stage of the World Cup.
The England players will be disappointed not to book their place in the round of 16 against the USA.
The USA players pulled out all the stops in a gritty performance against a World Cup favorite.