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Obama, Cameron wager beer over World Cup game

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron may agree on weighty issues like Iran and Afghanistan but their “special relationship” stops when it comes to soccer.

The two leaders “agreed to disagree” on Saturday about the desired outcome of the U.S.-England World Cup soccer match that began at 7:30 p.m. BST, the White House said in a statement.

Obama and Cameron had just finished a call that covered foreign policy issues and the BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The president “affirmed his deep commitment to the special and historic relationship between our two countries,” the White House said.

Then beer -- and a little bit of friendly ribbing -- entered the chat.

“The president noted that the historical record of previous World Cup matches between the United States and England favours the United States and the president wagered the best lager against the best beer in America on an American win over England,” the White House said.

Obama may need to start preparing that brew. England went up 1-0 just a few minutes into the match.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by John O’Callaghan