GREGG BERHALTER joked that Gareth Southgate snubbed him on WhatsApp.
But the USA head coach wants to make a mark on the pitch tonight.
Berhalter, 49, has previously referred to the England boss as a mentor with whom the couple is in regular contact.
But ahead of tonight’s Group B showdown, Berhalter laughed: “I was whats-apping but I didn’t see the blue tick.
“Well, I don’t know what’s going on. We took a kind of break. We will resume our relationship after tomorrow.”
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England have won four of their last five meetings against USA – although the sides drew at the 2010 World Cup and America famously beat the Three Lions in the 1950 tournament.
Americans now have a talented generation of young stars breaking through – including Tyler Adams, 23, Christian Pulisic, 24, Yunus Musah, 20, next week, Weston McKennie, 24, and Tim Weah, 22.
However, when asked if this is his golden generation, Berhalter insisted, “I think that’s yet to be determined.
“We have accomplished nothing as a group on the world stage.
“If you talk about England finishing fourth at the 2018 World Cup and then second at Euro 2020, you can say concrete things: ‘Okay, this group has achieved something.’
“We’re not there yet. We’re a bit ahead of ourselves when we call the team that. It has yet to be decided.”