Kenny Malone

Like a flock of confused snowbirds, the English national soccer team flew into the furnace of South Florida hurricane season.

The first match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is next Thursday, between the home team, Brazil, and Croatia. No European team has ever won a World Cup hosted in Latin America. Many would point to climate as one of -- if not the -- major obstacle.

Taking no chances, England is trying to acclimatize by training in South Florida.

Kenny Malone/WLRN-Miami Herald Staff

(*Probably the British are paying.)

A British diplomat and I will be kicking soccer balls at one another this afternoon, specifically penalty kicks (PKs.) Loser buys fish and chips, and presumably beer.

This was not my idea. It was Kevin McGurgan’s.