ROY’S Boys take on Uruguay in a must-win World Cup match tonight – but one Wearside family will not know whether to laugh or cry.
Reverend Chris Howson, who works at Sunderland Minster, will be cheering on England while wife Catriona will be rooting for Uruguay, home nation of SAFC boss Gus Poyet.
After England’s 2-1 defeat to Italy and Uruguay’s shock 3-0 loss to Costa Rica, both teams need a win.
Rev Howson, 44, of Ashbrooke, said: “It is a difficult day in our household.
“We will just have to love and support each other.
“I suppose I will be a bit like Gus Poyet, who will be cheering on his national team Uruguay, while also hoping his adopted country England do well.”
And he said that to take some of the pressure off the family, they will be watching the game at a friend’s house.
“It will be a spectacular game of football,” he added.
“But a draw would be good for us as a family. I’m hoping for 2-2.
“Catriona is being very careful and doesn’t have any score predictions.
The Uruguayans are a passionate football nation, but also a peaceful nation.”
Catriona, 44, has been sent Uruguayan paraphernalia including flags and banners from her family living in South America. She, and daughters Clara, nine, and Angela, six, will be cheering on her home nation in style.
“The girls will be rooting for Uruguay, which is absolutely right,” said Rev Howson.
“We would like England and Uruguay to go up really, but hopefully England will be top.
“Catriona would probably say that about Uruguay.”
The mum-of-two, added: “I want to see Uruguay do better than the last World Cup. But I would be happy if they reach the finals. I don’t have any score predictions – I’m being careful – I want to keep the peace in the family.”
Uruguay, which hosted the first Fifa World Cup in 1930, finished third-place in the last contest, in 2010.