by the same logic the netherlands wouldnt be a country either, yet you never hear anyone complain in that case, or say "country" (it is a united kingdom aswell,)
"England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west." "Status - Country" - Wikipedia
"The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain,[note 8] is a sovereign country in western Europe." - Wikipedia
integral part of France.
After all they all partake in the "six nations" tourney...