A third of footy fans think England WILL win the World Cup again – but not in their lifetime, according to a study by Currys PC World.
The UK’s largest electrical retailer polled 2,000 soccer aficionados and found a further 19 per cent are slightly more optimistic and are adamant they’ll live to see the Three Lions lift the trophy again but not necessarily at this summer’s tournament in Russia.
Thity per cent of fans think England will win the World Cup again – but fear it may not be Harry Kane lifting the cup as it will not be in their lifetime, according to a Currys PC World study
Most think the boys in white will put in a respectable show and reach the last eight, while one in 10 think they’ll replicate the achievements of the legendary Italia ’90 side and reach the semis.
And although just three per cent are confident England will go all the way and win the tournament in Russia, one thing is certain – there will be no lack of passion from the English fans.
The study revealed that fans will still roar at the telly around 10 times per match on average, while following the Three Lions, this summer.
This could potentially rise to 71 times if they go all the way in the tournament and manage to avoid extra time or penalties in the process.
It emerged 84 per cent of fans will watch the tournament on a telly and most – seven in 10 – will enjoy it in the comfort of their home.
And the key to really enjoying it, according to those polled, is a comfy sofa, a big TV and a well-stocked fridge.
Matt Walburn, Marketing Director at Currys PC World comments: ‘It’s clear that despite years of footballing pain, England fans will still be tuning-in to show their support for the national team!’
He adds: ‘With the at-home viewing experience now better than ever thanks to the latest technology, including 4K and HDR, it’s easy to see why a big TV is key to really enjoying the matches. We want to help our customers get it right when it comes to their new TV purchase and our ‘Get Your TV For Free’ campaign gives customers better value than ever.’
Whether Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) will have an impact on this remains to be seen, but 52 per cent believe the new technology will improve the World Cup.
However more than one quarter think VAR is ‘taking away the spirit of football’.
The research also found 14 per cent intend to put an England flag or sticker on their car this World Cup and 16 per cent plan to display one in a window at home.
And should they achieve the amazing feat and get to the final they’ll knock back at least 24 alcoholic beverages during match time and likely a few more if the Three Lions emerge victorious.
Typically, those polled expect to watch a total of four matches down the pub and on average they will have three hangovers.
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.