Team merger

So, England is out of the football World Cup, Britain’s last hope to win a trophy.

Maybe the home nation teams should disband and create a British team.

As we are so often told that Great Britain is so much stronger together, now that Scotland might carve a new independent path.

Andrew Nutt, Heolddu Road, Bargoed

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1:03pm Tue 24 Jun 14

throwy1 says...

That suggestion would mean no seat on F.I.F.A. or U.E.F.A for Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.
Dim diolch mate we stay independent and have individual national teams. On a personal note I'm glad to see England coming home, I can enjoy the World Cup now.
That suggestion would mean no seat on F.I.F.A. or U.E.F.A for Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales. Dim diolch mate we stay independent and have individual national teams. On a personal note I'm glad to see England coming home, I can enjoy the World Cup now. throwy1
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3:15pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Walter Devereux says...

He wasn't being serious as he is a well known nationalist/separati
st. However tongue-in-cheek his suggestion was it is an anachronism that the UK has four separate (under-performing) teams.
He wasn't being serious as he is a well known nationalist/separati st. However tongue-in-cheek his suggestion was it is an anachronism that the UK has four separate (under-performing) teams. Walter Devereux
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4:43pm Tue 24 Jun 14

mrleebob says...

Walter Devereux wrote:
He wasn't being serious as he is a well known nationalist/separati

st. However tongue-in-cheek his suggestion was it is an anachronism that the UK has four separate (under-performing) teams.
The 4 teams are certainly not underperforming if you consider population, size and facilities compared to other nations.
[quote][p][bold]Walter Devereux[/bold] wrote: He wasn't being serious as he is a well known nationalist/separati st. However tongue-in-cheek his suggestion was it is an anachronism that the UK has four separate (under-performing) teams.[/p][/quote]The 4 teams are certainly not underperforming if you consider population, size and facilities compared to other nations. mrleebob
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10:32pm Tue 24 Jun 14

mocyoung says...

FIFA is a collection of football associations, not a collection of countries. There are several sovereign states that are not members of FIFA, and similarly there are a number of non-sovereign states that are.

Also if a united GB team was to ever emerge, where would be its home? Wembley. Who would be in charge? The English. Who would get picked? 99% English + Gareth Bale. How much would tickets be? £50. How much would replica kit be? £70.

Sorry, but in a few weeks I'll be heading down Cardiff in my £45 replica shirt to buy a £20 ticket to see MY national team, rather than a team that would be just there to make the English feel better about themselves. Go Wales!
FIFA is a collection of football associations, not a collection of countries. There are several sovereign states that are not members of FIFA, and similarly there are a number of non-sovereign states that are. Also if a united GB team was to ever emerge, where would be its home? Wembley. Who would be in charge? The English. Who would get picked? 99% English + Gareth Bale. How much would tickets be? £50. How much would replica kit be? £70. Sorry, but in a few weeks I'll be heading down Cardiff in my £45 replica shirt to buy a £20 ticket to see MY national team, rather than a team that would be just there to make the English feel better about themselves. Go Wales! mocyoung
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9:19am Wed 25 Jun 14

-trigg- says...

A combined GB team would still be largely made up of English players sso it would only have limited benefit. Bale and Ramsey from Wales would obviously get in but I can't think of any Scottish or NI players who are better than England already have.

Maybe we could have an England & Wales team like we do in the cricket, but with a few less South Africans.
A combined GB team would still be largely made up of English players sso it would only have limited benefit. Bale and Ramsey from Wales would obviously get in but I can't think of any Scottish or NI players who are better than England already have. Maybe we could have an England & Wales team like we do in the cricket, but with a few less South Africans. -trigg-
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9:51am Wed 25 Jun 14

Walter Devereux says...

mrleebob wrote:
Walter Devereux wrote:
He wasn't being serious as he is a well known nationalist/separati


st. However tongue-in-cheek his suggestion was it is an anachronism that the UK has four separate (under-performing) teams.
The 4 teams are certainly not underperforming if you consider population, size and facilities compared to other nations.
You do not consider England (population 50 million, most popular league in the world) getting knocked out after two games under performing? Whereas countries like Costa Rica and Uruguay with less than 10% of the population and arguably much worse facilities qualify with ease? England did not win a single match whereas the aforementioned Latin American teams both won two each. By any criteria the UK teams are under performing.
[quote][p][bold]mrleebob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Walter Devereux[/bold] wrote: He wasn't being serious as he is a well known nationalist/separati st. However tongue-in-cheek his suggestion was it is an anachronism that the UK has four separate (under-performing) teams.[/p][/quote]The 4 teams are certainly not underperforming if you consider population, size and facilities compared to other nations.[/p][/quote]You do not consider England (population 50 million, most popular league in the world) getting knocked out after two games under performing? Whereas countries like Costa Rica and Uruguay with less than 10% of the population and arguably much worse facilities qualify with ease? England did not win a single match whereas the aforementioned Latin American teams both won two each. By any criteria the UK teams are under performing. Walter Devereux
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5:58pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Realist UK says...

The under performance is easily explained. Unlike most other countries the UK has banned all schools from being competitive. Field sports, especially school sports-day, have been so watered down our children expect praise just for taking part. The idea that some kids would have their confidence undermined by not "winning" has resulted in a nation of happy-go-lucky participants without a winners mentality. All labours fault of course, which is why most sport, apart from football, has become elitist through private schooling where they have no such restrictions.
The under performance is easily explained. Unlike most other countries the UK has banned all schools from being competitive. Field sports, especially school sports-day, have been so watered down our children expect praise just for taking part. The idea that some kids would have their confidence undermined by not "winning" has resulted in a nation of happy-go-lucky participants without a winners mentality. All labours fault of course, which is why most sport, apart from football, has become elitist through private schooling where they have no such restrictions. Realist UK
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