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In what is still regarded as the most embarassing moment in England's International history, the unfancied United States defeated England 1-0 in the World Cup match played at Belo Horizonte on the 29th June 1950. In fact, the manager of the American team, Bill Jeffrey, was quoted as saying prior to the match "we ain't got a chance".
England who had won 22 and drawn two of their 28 previous Internationals since football restarted after the war were joint favourites with Brazil to win the World Cup this year.
Jeffrey and his captain Eddie McIlvenny were actually both Scots. McIlvenny having gone to the States after being given a free transfer by Wrexham F.C