DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Friendship solely goes to this point when buddies turn into rivals in sports activities.

United States coach Gregg Berhalter considers himself as a buddy to England counterpart Gareth Southgate, however communication between the 2 has been minimize off just lately with each main groups on the World Cup.

“I’ve been Whatsapping, however I haven’t seen the blue checkmark,” Berhalter mentioned Thursday, a day earlier than his crew was to play England in Group B. “So I don’t know what’s happening.

“No, we sort of took a hiatus. We are going to choose up our relationship after tomorrow.”

Some folks’s checkmarks on the cellphone software flip blue when the recipient has learn the message, however a person can set the cellphone to maintain it darkened.

Southgate didn’t touch upon his cellphone settings, however he was requested if it was attainable to have a “actual” friendship with a rival coach.

“No,” he joked, earlier than coming clear. “You possibly can, after all, however all people is aware of the way it works in our sport. You compete in opposition to one another and when it’s completed, that’s sport, you come back to the friendship.”

If that’s case, Berhalter ought to count on that checkmark to show blue whatever the outcome at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

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