So, you all root for blokes from your country?
Maybe it is from my growing up in Los Angeles - I looked around more widely.
Maybe we should refer our overseas friends to the following site, http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=root, so they may understand the connotation of the word root.
"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don't care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game."