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Southampton FC in Ralph Krueger's corner

Team Europe coach wished good luck in World Cup by players from his English Premier League team @NHL

There are no players from England on Team Europe's roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, but the country certainly is rooting for the underdog entering the final against Team Canada.

The best-of-3 World Cup final between Team Canada at Team Europe starts at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN, CBC, TVA Sports).

When the World Cup is over, Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger will return to his job as chairman of Southampton FC, an English Premier League soccer team.

Krueger has been with Southampton since March 12, 2014, and got his players into skates in March 2015. Despite video evidence of the players struggling to put on their equipment and slipping and flopping around the ice, a number of them believed they took to hockey well.

Tweet from @SouthamptonFC: Good luck to #SaintsFC���s Ralph Krueger and @TeamEUR_WCH ahead of the @NHL #WCH2016 final getting under way tonight!

"I was really outstanding," defender Maya Yoshida said. "I think I was the best player at the time."

Added midfielder Dusan Tadic, "We were a really good group. We showed a lot of quality."

Unfortunately for the Southampton players, it wasn't enough quality to make Team Europe, as seen in a video produced by the club Tuesday. A few of the players attempted to petition Krueger for last-minute roster spots.

"Left him a couple messages, sent him a few texts," midfielder Steven Davis said. "Must be a problem with his phone. I'll try him again after training."

Said midfielder James Ward-Prowse, "Just waiting for the text any minute now and then get on the flight over there."

Unfortunately for Davis, Ward-Prowse and the other Southampton players, they'll have to watch the final on television, and sent good luck messages to Krueger and the Team Europe players.

However Yoshida apparently had more hope than his Southampton teammates, as a text message from Kreuger showed only a geographical reason keeping him off the team.

Yoshida was born in Japan, and as Krueger said in a text, "I would pick you Maya but it's Team Europe."

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