Friendship solely goes up to now when buddies turn out to be rivals in sports activities.
USA coach Gregg Berhalter considers himself as a pal to England counterpart Gareth Southgate, however communication between the 2 has been minimize off not too long ago with each main groups on the FIFA World Cup.
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“I’ve been Whatsapping, however I haven’t seen the blue checkmark,” Berhalter mentioned Thursday, a day earlier than his crew was to play England in Group B.
“So I don’t know what’s going on.
“No, we form of took a hiatus. We’ll decide up our relationship after tomorrow.” Some folks’s checkmarks on the cellphone software flip blue when the recipient has learn the message, however a person can set the cellphone to maintain it darkened.
Southgate didn’t touch upon his cellphone settings, however he was requested if it was potential to have a “actual” friendship with a rival coach.
“No,” he joked, earlier than coming clear.
“You possibly can, in fact, however everyone is aware of the way it works in our sport. You compete in opposition to one another and when it’s completed, that’s sport, you come to the friendship.” If that’s case, Berhalter ought to count on that checkmark to show blue whatever the outcome at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.