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England is NOT a country (it is a political division of the UK), how come it fields a team in the world cup?

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  • HP
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    I don't know.

    I have never understood this either.

    England, Scotland and Northern Ireland all have their own teams, as you say, for the WC & Euro cup for football & rugby, but when it comes to the Olympics we are Great Britain.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Lol - hope this clarifies:

    UK - 'United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland' ie England, Scotland, Wales + NI

    Great Britain - UK without NI

    England - a country

    Northern Ireland - a territory

    Scotland - a country

    Wales - a principality (ie headed by a Prince or Princess rather than King or Queen)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    England IS a country, and so are Wales and Scotland. The fact that the three nations are united in the United Kingdom does not mean that they are no longer countries. The three countries have always had separate teams in most sports. In some, however, they are also united and compete as Great Britain (also including Northern Ireland, which is not a country but a Province).

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  • 1 decade ago

    England IS a Country. It is legally a country, politically however it is part of the United Kingdom. Please see below and please check facts before asking questions - At least try Googling!!

    When the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland merged to form the unified Kingdom of Great Britain under the Acts of Union in 1707, both England and Scotland lost their individual political, though not legal, identities. This union has subsequently changed its name twice: firstly on the merger with the Kingdom of Ireland following the Act of Union in 1800 creating the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801, and then following the secession from the union of the Irish Free State under the terms of the Government of Ireland Act 1920, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Throughout these changes, England retained a separate legal identity from its partners, with a separate legal system from those in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and eventually the strong feelings of the Welsh were acknowledged when it was decided that the name would henceforth be "England and Wales". Wales gained even more of an identity when, like Scotland, it gained its own department within the UK government, the Welsh Office.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If not England we would need to field a UK team which is a mixture of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. What about a Great Britain team from England, Wales and Scotland.

    The more teams in a competition the better as it does single out the weakest and we end up with a worthy winner at the end.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    England is a u . s ., merely like eire, Scotland, and Wales are besides. they are able to compete person international places like now or they are able to band at the same time in opposition like the Olympics by using fact the united kingdom.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Then I shall redouble my efforts politically to ensure independence for England, all on an amicable basis.

    England should note that Scotland turned down the 'opportunity' to take part in a British Olympic football side, to ensure the status quo is just that.

    But this is just another small-minded trouble-maker asking a pointless question (other than tcause trouble) and nothing is going to change.

    Imagine holding up France as 'answering to no-one'!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because England IS a country. Didn't you go to school? We're called the United Kingdom because we are four seperate kingdoms (i.e, countries, nations, etc.) united in the 17th Century by the need to get along with the people we share a land mass with. Sheeeesh, I've known that since I was 9. Why don't you look it up and find out for yourself?

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  • 1 decade ago

    where did you get the idea that England was not a country the same as Wales Scotland and Ireland. Who ever told you that should go back to school, and it would not hurt you to learn more things so you do not get caught out again.

    Source(s): COMMON SENSE
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  • 1 decade ago

    sorry but England is a country. the United Kingdom is as its name suggests made up of four separate countries England northern Ireland Scotland and Wales each with their own identities

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