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So, the English are clamoring for Jurgen Klinsmann to take charge…

Jul 3, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT

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Okay, maybe not every single English fan wants to see Jurgen Klinsmann standing on the sidelines at Wembley belting out “God Save the Queen”… but one columnist has sparked plenty of debate over the USA’s head coach.

In a column titled “USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann should leave the United States and become England manager,” Telegraph reporter Luke Edwards is remarkably positive about Klinsmann’s approach and what he has brought to the U.S. national team.

Within the first three paragraphs of this piece Edwards throws out a statement that will but bring a wry smile to the faces American soccer fans but infuriate them in the same instance.

“Is it now time for the English to recognise that America are just another football nation who have evolved into a better national team than ours?”

Many fans of the U.S. would argue their nation surpassed the English national team as a force many moons ago and are well ahead of the “motherland” in terms of the strength of their national team. Thoughts?

On the latest showing in the World Cup, it is hard to disagree that the U.S. are now stronger than England. But what about Klinsmann?

According to this article he should be a leading candidate to replace Roy Hodgson if England fail to impress at the 2016 European Championships, if they qualify, due to his track record of “making national teams perform better than the individuals within it.” That could be argued for both of Klinsmann’s coaching stings with the U.S. and Germany. Touche.

However, with Klinsmann happily settled in California and locking down his long-term deal with U.S. soccer in a head coach and technical development role, the thought of him leaving the U.S. for England is laughable.

Klinsmann often divides opinion among the U.S. community but after his team’s efforts in the 2014 World Cup, it is clear things are heading in the right direction.

The same can’t be said for the English national team…

  1. Mark - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Silly to think that the USA has surpassed England. With a couple of exceptions, the English team is better person for person. But Klinsmann definitely is the right man for the US at this point in our development. I don’t think he’d help England much. Their development of players is fine. They’re just in a cycle without a great CAM.

  2. skipvanmeter - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    “Many fans of the U.S. would argue their nation surpassed the English national team as a force many moons ago and are well ahead of the “motherland” in terms of the strength of their national team. Thoughts?”

    Really? Who are these fans? And why are they so very very stupid?

  3. geejon - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Against Ghana, Germany and Belgium the US couldn’t string 3 passes together and were pinned in their own end for the whole match. They need to worry about finding some competent midfielders that won’t be overrun in the middle of the pitch and forget comparing themselves to England or anyone else.

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the run and rooted hard, but let’s be real.

  4. mazblast - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    When it comes to their national “team”, English football fans tend to adopt the Man U/Yankees/Lakers/Cowboys/Patriots mindset–“We want, therefore we get, and never confuse the issue by bringing up facts.”

    • darkorameses - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      Wow, you are dumb. When was the last time the patriots proved that statement right? Try never.

      And btw, clambering is the wrong word! Great job Joe Wright, NOT!

      • Vnice - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        I have long questioned how JPW got this job, considering I’ve seen better writing in middle school newspapers.

      • Joe Prince-Wright - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        Thanks for the heads up on this guys, clamoring it is.

  5. bnwpnw - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    “Clambering”? Is that like clamoring?

  6. braxtonrob - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    England is LAUGHING at us. They know that our results don’t reflect our actual performance, and that England’s (poor) results didn’t reflect their actual performance.
    Anyone with eyes could see the US-side looked much worse this time around.

    • thegronk87 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:06 AM

      And no one is laughing at England?

  7. simonkulberg - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    This is very simple to me really. The USA has a good league consisting of mainly American players. The UK has a great league consisting almost entirely of foreigners who can`t be called up for the national team.
    Some of the guys called up by Kinsmann for this World Cup, European soccer fans had not heard of before, unless they are very enthusiastic and follow MLS. But they were very competitive I thought, and the right backs in particular. And it`s obviously the result of getting loads and loads of playtime in the MLS, rather than warming a bench for a side packed full of Brazilians and Africans in the PL, like most of the English, Spanish and Italian players are.
    Ideally your best players will leave the MLS to play in Europe, so other talent can get a chance to get loads and loads of playtime back home when they leave. Then you`ll have (hopefully) lots of excellent players working abroad as well as lots of solid players back home for depth. Recruitment will improve when this happens and so will the US national team.

    Happy days!

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