U.S., British Ambassadors Wager On World Cup Game
DEBORAH AMOS, Host:
Good morning, sir.
LOUIS SUSMAN: Good afternoon here. But good morning there.
AMOS: And British ambassador to the United States, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, is with me in Washington.
NIGEL SHEINWALD: Good morning. I have the home advantage, I see.
AMOS: Indeed. Ambassador Sheinwald, what do you have on the table?
SHEINWALD: What we have on the table is a bet, a wager, between the two ambassadors. In the event of an England victory, which frankly the world is expecting - and which I certainly am expecting - my colleague and friend, Lou Susman in London, is going to entertain me at a steakhouse of his choosing here in Washington, D.C. And in the very unlikely event that America wins this, then there's going to be a pub dinner in London. So that's the bet. That's what's at stake here.
AMOS: Ambassador SUSMAN: That sounds like a diplomatic equivalent of trash talk. Have you agreed to those terms?
SUSMAN: I have agreed to those terms. And I'm anxiously looking to pick out the pub of my choice. This confidence factor, I sense from my colleague on Saturday's game, was somewhat dÃÂ©jÃÂ vu from what happened in the last time we played together.
AMOS: That was 1950s, correct?
SUSMAN: That's correct. And if I'm not mistaken, I think we won that game 1-0.
SHEINWALD: I have to say, as someone who was a schoolboy in 1966 when we won the World Cup, that as a fan, I've often been disappointed. So as ambassador, I'm confident. As a fan, I worry a bit, because the England teams have sometimes disappointed in the years following our great victory in '66.
SUSMAN: I do think one thing, putting the levity aside. I think it's wonderful that both countries have this kind of enthusiasm and excitement. And it's great for America and it's great for England.
AMOS: There's something about this special relationship, I think, that allows you two gentlemen to do a little trash talking. Do you think that that does open the door for you two to have this kind of chat about soccer?
SHEINWALD: I'm sure that Saturday's game will be a good game. Probably quiet a close game. But I'm very, very confident, as British ambassador, what the result will be.
AMOS: Now, one result we do know, there will be a dinner. It will either be in a pub or it will be in a steakhouse. Do you two intend to wear your pinstripe suits as sports fans?
SHEINWALD: No. I expect to wear my England shirt.
AMOS: And you, Ambassador?
SUSMAN: I expect to wear my American winning shirt.
AMOS: Excellent. I hope that we can talk to you at dinner.
SUSMAN: Thank you.
AMOS: I'd like to thank you both of you for joining us. U.S. ambassador to the Court of Saint James, Louis Susman, thank you for joining us.
SUSMAN: Thank you.
AMOS: British ambassador to the U.S., Sir Nigel Sheinwald, thank you very much for being with us.
SHEINWALD: Thanks so much.
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