The Bet: USA vs. England

The World Cup starts in two days, and the “special relationship” is facing its biggest test yet. With England’s match against the USA looming over the horizon, the American Ambassador to London and his counterpart in Washington have been embroiled in a pleasant exchange of sarcastic remarks. The diplomats decided to wager a meal on the outcome of the match. According to the BBC news article,  the bet was clinched in cables exchanges between aides to American Ambassador Louis Susman and British Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald.

“We will understand if you decline, given the outcome of the last such encounter,” a US aide wrote, referring to the US defeat of England in 1950.

A UK aide said Sir Nigel took his steak like that win – “somewhat rare”.

British embassy staff, their families and some US acquaintances will be watching the game on a big-screen television at the embassy in Washington. Roughly one quarter of the embassy staff are American nationals, “so it should make for a lively crowd”, an embassy official told the BBC.

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