England (and the US!) qualify for the World Cup

It always seems like a little bit of an anti-climax to qualify for the World Cup because someone else won or lost, rather than having the fate of the nation's team depend solely upon their performance in a key match, but, hell, I'll take it.

England are in the World Cup. Woo, and, indeed, hoo.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England qualify for the World Cup

Because Americans seem so mind-bogglingly against real football, I'll offer my congratulations to the US squad, who have also qualified for Germany 2006. Most Americans will be blissfully unaware that their nation's team for the most popular sport on the planet put in a great show in Korea/Japan 2002, and are shaping up as a team to watch next year. They qualified second in their group, narrowly being beaten for the top spot by Mexico.

I've added a new section to the sidebar with all the relevant links to next year's World Cup, and I'll certainly be keeping up with both US and England's games.

"The beautiful game", indeed.

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