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England Three – Germany Won: Why Americans Can’t Understand Football

England Three – Germany Won: Why Americans Can’t Understand Football

Football is undoubtedly serious business in England. But one English chant gives me pause: “England three; Germany none.” This chant was even more common in 2006 when the World Cup was held in Germany, though a match between the rivals did not take place. According to the facebook page dedicated to this chant (titled “Two World Wars and One World Cup”) the modern rivalry between the teams prompted the UK government to caution “fans travelling to Germany for the World Cup to refrain from taunting the locals with this tune.”