On a bright sunny day, there's a bit of a chill in the South African winter air. Now less than 60 days away, motherland and former colony will meet on the pitch to determine bragging rights in the English-speaking football world.
To quote the Mad Max film, "Two men enter, one man leave."
One nation is soaked in football tradition. Most of its squad plays for storied EPL clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, or Chelsea.
They are expected to win against the young upstart, who only started taking the sport seriously in the last 20 years—and doesn't even call it football, but soccer.
The other nation is young and hungry, eager to prove itself a world-class power on the big stage.
It recently came off stunning international success in the Confederations Cup, reaching the final only to drop a 2-0 lead in the second half to the mighty Brazilians.
Those watching glimpsed the future, and doubters became believers.
It's the World Cup. Every minute, every half, every game, and every point is crucial to advancement and success.
You're the manager; pick your squad and formation. Who are your starting 11 on June 12?
Here're mine. I stuck with what worked from the Confederations Cup, with a few tweaks based on who's in form and who's not.
Spector Oneyewu Demerit Bocanegra
Donovan Bradley Edu Beasley
Who are your starting 11?
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