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Beasley in warning to US public

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United States star DaMarcus Beasley knows an expectant public back home thinks a repeat of 1950s World Cup heroics will be easy.

Victory over England in Rustenburg on Saturday would certainly make people sit up and take notice, and maybe create a longer lasting impression than was managed 60 years ago when Joe Gaetjens scored the only goal in one of the most sensational results in the tournament's history.

Beasley is aware life is not so simple and he said: "People back home have read about 1950 and think we beat them then so we can beat them now. But they are the people who don't know anything about football."

He added: "England are one of the favourites to win the tournament. I am sure the people who know about these things would think it was a massive shock even if we got a draw."

Beasley is one of the growing US contingent to have a British connection.

He spent six months with Manchester City - and remains in contact with former team-mate Joe Hart - in 2008 before spending a couple of unfulfilling years at Rangers.

His Ibrox contract expired this summer and he will not be going back, disappointed at leaving supporters he had a lot of affection for but disillusioned by the way he was treated.

"I am done with Rangers," said the 28-year-old.

"They are a great club with great fans and in that respect I didn't want to leave.

"But I never felt I got a great chance in Scotland and that was disappointing. I need to play football and I need to move my career along, so I have to find another club."

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