There is no doubt that Americans and Brits have a love-hate relationship, and this love-hate relationship is not new, it goes back to the days when the US used to be a British colony and the Americans defeated them in a war of independence. Americans love to rub in British people’s faces now and then that they beat the once mighty British empire, and no, Brits don’t just take it lying down either, they respond with their own comebacks like how the Americans couldn’t have won the war without the help of the French or a with a critical comment on America’s current problems like their disastrous foreign policy, gun violence, costly healthcare, etc. This back-and-forth banter between Americans and Brits appears anywhere something pits them against each other whether it is food, politics, pop culture, language, sports, etc. So it is not unexpected that an event like the FIFA World Cup 2022 match between the US and England would generate that kind of banter, and we’re seeing it happen on Twitter.
A Twitter user at Yankreport tweeted:
The US doesn’t need to declare a national holiday if we beat England. We already have a national holiday for beating England.— YankReport (@ReportYank) November 23, 2022
and replies from the brits were expected – comment on how Americans can never win alone referring to America’s war of independence when they took help from the French.
But France aint gonna come on the pitch and help yall this time 😉— ThroatGoat (@IGagdick) November 23, 2022
but wait there was a comeback for that from an American:
I guess we will have to come out if the Germans come on the pitch right??— artthatbarks (@Blodgett1903) November 23, 2022
Here are some more replies that followed from both Americans and Brits:
England hasn't beaten us for 246 years. If anything, they need another bank holiday Monday *if* they beat us.— David Harris (@WXUT_MoG) November 24, 2022
We just think ‘what a relief’ about 1776 😂😂— James Bond (@dan_palmer8) November 23, 2022
What about the other 64 countries that celebrate independence from you?— Rick 248 (@Rick_Zou) November 24, 2022
New tifo if we pull off the upset pic.twitter.com/WV3EH0jWYV— TJ (@Sarcazmos) November 24, 2022
5. Formerly colonized Indians joined in
As an Indian, I appreciate and approve this message 👍🏾— Kartik Venkat 🇮🇳🇺🇸⚽ (@kartik_venkat) November 23, 2022
- Sadly Indians have not qualified for the FIFA world cup 2022 as it would be fun to watch a former colony take on its colonizer. Fun fact: India never played the FIFA World Cup. India once qualified for the FIFA World Cup 1950 in Brazil but backed out because of insufficient practice time and disagreements over team selection.
6. The Scots also had something to say
At least you are allowed to beat England.— G (@GJS2010) November 25, 2022
As a Scot I fear we would need to ask permission from Westminster to beat England and we would be denied
Go stuff them.
Cmon the USA.
7. Whenever it is Brits vs Americans a reference to the War of Independence is unavoidable
Waiting for Friday pic.twitter.com/Y2xwxMXIoi— Andy (@AndyAdventuring) November 23, 2022
- Pic context: Mel Gibson ambushes the Brits in the Movie “The Patriot”.
8. Turns out November 25th coincides with Evacuation day – the day the British Army left New York to end the occupation of America’s greatest city
Evacuation Day.https://t.co/9Z5M63HINl— Jeff Clemens (@jclemensfl) November 23, 2022
- Fun fact: Evacuation day on November 25 marks the day in 1783 when the British army left New York after the end of the American revolutionary war. Along with the British Army a total of 29000 loyalists including 3000 black loyalists were evacuated to Nova Scotia, East Florida, the Caribbean, and London.
Yankreport’s tweet’s screenshot was shared in another Twitter thread where it received more traction.
8. The Brits had to bring in other Wars that America lost
Vietnam enters the chat….— Jaimes Moore (@MrDone78) November 24, 2022
9. Americans defend their loss to Vietnam by taking a shot at the Brits
How is it that Vietnam beat the US in a conflict but England couldn’t ?— Edgar Moreno 🇺🇸🇲🇽🇺🇾 (@ConcacafEdgar) November 24, 2022
What I’m seeing is that Vietnam is clear of England
More back-and-forth banter:
England left to go and fight other more important battles as America wasn't worth the hassle.— David Muir (@Doveymuir91) November 25, 2022
11. Home court advantage, good enough cope
Home court advantage, that why America beat England and why Vietnam beat America.— not ned kellys ghost 🥭 (@AussieM_L) November 24, 2022
12. “YoU NeVeR DeFeAtEd Us In ThE BaTtLeFiElD”
“You know you never defeated us on the battlefield,' said the American colonel. The North Vietnamese colonel pondered this remark a moment. 'That may be so,' he replied, 'but it is also irrelevant.'"— Keith Frausto (@KeithFrausto) November 24, 2022
— Colonel Harry G. Summers Jr. and Colonel Tu, April 1975
13. Brits didn’t bother defeating America because they had other things to do
Us Europeans needed to concentrate on more other things and leave you colonials to invent important things like hamburgers and nachos.— Mark 🇬🇧🇪🇸🇪🇺🤘 (@M4rk444) November 24, 2022
We hoped you might have invented your own languages by now, but it's kinda cute that you haven't fully cut the apron strings from us 😉
14. As excepted someone had to post the burning of the White House
1814, Britain burns Washington. pic.twitter.com/CtCUrmCJUR— Richard Curtis (@Richard18618097) November 25, 2022
- Historial fact: As the war between Americans and the British raged on British troops marched into Washington and set fire to the U.S. Capitol, on August 24, 1814. The president’s mansion, the senate, and other local landmarks were destroyed in the fire.
15. Partially true
the most common reason for national holidays around the world is independence from the Bri'ish— just chilling (@catboystriders) November 24, 2022
- Fact Check: It is partially true that the common reason for national holidays around the world is independence from the British. According to Guinness World Records 62 countries have gained independence from the United Kingdom, followed by 28 from France, 17 from Spain, 16 from The Soviet Union, 7 from Portugal, and 5 from the USA.
16. Comment on British food is never off the table
You’re right Vietnamese food has flavor whereas the English drink weak tea with bland food.— Jedkai (@Jedkai1) November 24, 2022
17. Kinda embarrassing for people who claim to have defeated the British Empire
You got your asses BEAT by rice farmers— Dane (@Brindness) November 25, 2022
What happening to the empire where the sun shines every hour— o (@FactsandTruth_) November 25, 2022
- Joke: The sun never sat on the British empire because God couldn’t trust the Englishman in the dark.
19. “Foot Ball” Or “Hand Egg”?
- Fun Fact: American football is called football and not “Hand Egg” because it evolved from Rugby where the feet are used to score a goal kick.
20. Nothing better than good banter before the match
Oh we don’t care either , but since we’re playing y’all tomorrow— Edgar Moreno 🇺🇸🇲🇽🇺🇾 (@ConcacafEdgar) November 24, 2022
It’s good banter lol