London, June 12(ANI): Former American footballer Walt Bahr has warned England against underestimating the US team ahead of their Group C World Cup opener in Rustenburg, South Africa, tonight.
Bahr was part of the USA team, which stunned England 1-0 at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, a game that became known as the 'Miracle Match'.
The match featured some England legends like Tom Finney, Billy Wright, Stan Mortensen and Alf Ramsey, but they were beaten by a goal created by Bahr.
"No one knew who I was in 1950, now I am famous. Can they win? Yes, they can win, and the English can win too, but, as the old cliché goes, the ball is round and it rolls both ways," Sky News quoted Bahr, as saying.
"No matter how much of a favourite you are you still have to prove it over those 90 minutes. History has a way of repeating itself. If I was betting, I wouldn't tell you who I was betting on, but we were 500-1, they are 65-1," he added.
The 83-year-old further said that he has been asked about that game more in the last year, than in the previous 59 years.
"To beat England was a big, big thing. Every World Cup that comes around people want to know what happened in that match. Well, the favourite didn't win. I don't know what else you can say," Bahr said.
"I didn't know whether to feel worse for them losing or better for us winning. We could go home and laugh about it and say 'We knocked off England'," he added. (ANI)