USA boss Berhalter reveals England manager Southgate is IGNORING his WhatsApp messages ahead of World Cup clash

GREGG BERHALTER joked that Gareth Southgate has been snubbing him on WhatsApp.

But the USA head coach wants to send a message on the pitch tonight.


Gregg Berhalter says pal Gareth Southgate has been ignoring his WhatsApp messages ahead of the USA’s clash with EnglandCredit: AFP

Berhalter, 49, has previously described the England boss as a mentor, with the pair regularly keeping in touch.

But ahead of tonight’s Group B showdown, Berhalter laughed: “I’ve been Whats-Apping but I haven’t seen the blue checkmark.

“So, I don’t know what’s going on. We kind of took a hiatus. We will pick up our relationship after tomorrow.”


Southgate has been labelled a mentor by Berhalter


Southgate has been labelled a mentor by BerhalterCredit: PA

England have won four of their last five meetings against the USA — though the sides drew at the 2010 World Cup and America famously beat the Three Lions in the 1950 tournament.

The Americans now have a ­talented generation of young stars bursting through — including Tyler Adams, 23, Christian Pulisic, 24, Yunus Musah, 20 next week, Weston McKennie, 24, and Tim Weah, 22.

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But asked if this his golden generation, Berhalter stressed: “I think that’s just to be ­determined.

“We haven’t achieved anything as a group on a world stage.

“When you’re talking about England coming in fourth at the 2018 World Cup and then second at Euro 2020, there’s tangible things that you can say: ‘OK, this group achieved something.’

“We’re not there yet.  We’re getting a little bit ahead of  ourselves calling the team that. It’s still to be determined.”

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