With the Premier League season kicking off on 6th August, 888Sport has surveyed over 400 England supporters to see what they’d be willing to give up if it meant the Lions lifting the trophy at the World Cup later this year. 

In a massive upset, the results reveal that 64% of club season ticket holders would be willing to sacrifice their weekly seat if it meant watching England roar to victory in Qatar in a few months time. 

But how far do fans think the Lions will actually go? With 56 years of hurt since England’s last World Cup glory, this time round a third of us anticipate that they’ll reach the semi-finals with only one in five believing the boys will bring it home. 

Surprisingly, London football fans were revealed as the most unloyal, with over three-quarters of them opting to cheer on the England team over their own clubs. 

 In the South-West, AFC Bournemouth supporters can take all the glory as they were crowned the most dedicated to their club, with almost half of fans refusing to give up their season ticket, backing ‘The Cherries’ all the way.

England World Cup fans


The differences didn’t stop there and these surprising statistics show:

  • Manchester City lead the way in the league (4/7 outright winner) with over four in 10 sticking to support the Manchunians by keeping their club season ticket

  • Two thirds of Newcastle United (9/4 to finish in top 6) fans would opt to ditch their season ticket

  • Perhaps unsurprisingly, 67% of Leeds United fans (45/1 to finish in top 4) who sat at the bottom last season would prefer to back the England squad

Supporters Stick With Southgate

Despite some poor results at the end of the 2021/22 season, the general population remain firmly behind England manager Gareth Southgate as we approach the World Cup.

61% of fans voted 'no' when asked if they could do a better job than the Three Lions manager. 888sport are offering England at 7/1 to lift the World Cup trophy later this year - do you think Southgate will be celebrating in Qatar?


FIRST PUBLISHED: 3rd August 2022

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