Originally Posted by jonescrusher
A little tenuous methinks. The British Isles describes a land mass that includes Ireland, and the Irish would resent being represented by the England team only slightly less than the Scottish :) In all other sports (especially tennis), I'd accept your point; when it comes to football, absolutely not.
GD may not have realised the historical competitive feelings between the British nations, but his geographical observation is sound. Makes a change from the usual perception of Birmingham being in Birminghamshire and supporting the troops in Iraqistan.