The A-list band of athletes took on Team U.K., helmed by the late-night host, and composed of singer Harry Styles, actor Benedict Cumberbatch, “Game of Thrones” star John Bradley and “Late Late Show” bandleader Reggie Watts (who is actually not a Brit, in a running gag throughout the skit).
The faceoff between the two teams was depicted as a way of settling a good-spirited debate between Corden and Obama over their respective country’s superiority. Team USA eventually prevailed, 2-1, in the three-game series, with a highlight reel that included a direct crotch hit to Styles by Obama and Cumberbatch nailing Obama in Game Three. (Of the latter, the announcer said, “He’s looking guilty about that one. He can probably expect a visit from the Secret Service later.”)
Of course, it’s clear throughout who was going to prevail: While the U.S. team stayed focused, Corden’s guys spent their breaks sipping tea, eating sandwiches and asking Obama to sign copies of her memoir, “Becoming.”