||I can be forgiven as an ignorant American.
Americans! Yes, how quaint. It actually reminds me of the idiotic East-end barrow boys of London, who suffer from "Walford Gap" syndrome and are unaware that there exists anything outside their beloved London. Where do they think the fruit'n'veg in their wheelbarrows are grown? Chelsea?
I always thought that the English beat the Scots, Welsh and Irish in some war ages ago
Something like that. Wales became a conquered principality of England. Scotland and England merged to become the UK, for mutual benefit (Scotland wanted England's overseas empire; England wanted the Highlanders to stop invading), but Scotland befell many political calamities and fucked itself up. No change there. Ireland was conquered by Britain, and was conquered right back by the IRA. Keep sending the money in, folks, and they'll liberate Northern Ireland yet.
there is such resentment amongst the Scots
Scots actually quite like the English. They just don't want them to win the World Cup. Quite understandable, really.
they were little more than savages
Most of Western Europe was nothing but tribes and clans until the Romans sorted it all out. You know: the Saxons, the Gauls, the Normans, the Celts, the Picts, the Angles, the Germanic tribes in the Black Forest, etc. Another reason to be thankful for the Romans.
It seems unfair to give one nation three teams in the same tournament!
If you think that's unfair, London has nine professional soccor teams - they should really have just one, i.e. Arsenal.
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