World Cup 2022 briefing: Day 5
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England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has aimed a hilarious dig at American actor Will Ferrell ahead of Friday’s group stage match against the USA at the World Cup. Gareth Southgate’s men will be able to give themselves a great chance of reaching the knockout stages in Qatar with a win over Ferrell’s home nation at the Al Bayt Stadium after hitting six of the best to down Iran in their Group B opener on Monday.
Ferrell is known to be a huge football fan due to his involvement with MLS outfit LAFC and will be cheering on the USA, who drew with Wales in their first World Cup game earlier this week, against England on Friday. He has already found himself on the receiving end of some pre-match fighting talk from Ramsdale, who poked fun at the Anchorman and Elf star with a light-hearted dig on Capital Radio when asked if he wanted to send over a message.
“Hi Will, it’s Aaron Ramsdale,” began the England stopper. “You’re a great actor and a hero of mine, I love watching your films, but when we play your nation on Friday you’ll be the worst actor in the world.
“Elf will be on the shelf and it will be a little less Anchorman and more w***** man. Take care pal.”
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Ferrell was in no mood to roll over for Ramsdale, though, and was quick to hit back with a jibe of his own before insisting that England will be humbled by the USA when the two nations do battle at the World Cup on Friday evening.
“Wow, Mr Aaron Ramsdale,” said Ferrell. “Aaron, you didn’t realize when you gave those quotes, Aaron you didn’t realize, I know where you live. I’m delivering a bag of s*** to your doorstep.
“I’m going to light it on fire, and you’re going to have to stomp it out, all right, Aaron? They’re [England players] not going to sleep at night, because they’re insomniacs. I think it’s going to be a slaughter. USA three, England nil.”
It remains to be seen whether the USA will be able to pull off a major shock by securing a famous win over England, with the two sides cancelling each other out in their last World Cup meeting back in 2010. It seems as though England will be able to deploy Harry Kane at the top of the pitch despite fears over whether he would be fit to play after picking up a knock against Iran, with Southgate having confirmed that the 29-year-old is ready to go after a scan brought positive news on Wednesday.
“He’s good,” Southgate told ITV Sport when quizzed on Kane’s condition. “He’s worked a little bit more individually today, but he’ll be back in with the team tomorrow and all good for the game. We just checked him out just to see.
“I think, sometimes, when you’re treating things, it’s important to know exactly what is there and that was all good. It’s not so much the ankle, it’s more the foot. It was a poor challenge, really, but I think it’s one that, fortunately, we’ve got away with reasonably lightly.”
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