English tensions are at a high ahead of Tuesday’s Euro 2020 knockout fixture against Germany, with their fans desperate to make sure they don’t miss the round-of-16 showdown.
The Three Lions haven’t won a knockout game at a European Championship since Euro 1996, when a missed penalty from incumbent manager Gareth Southgate saw them exit against the Germans.
England will host Joachim Low’s side at Wembley in the 5 p.m. kick-off, and new research has found around two-fifths of the population would consider calling in sick to guarantee they can watch.
Toluna Start conducted an online survey of a little more than 1,000 adult supporters, 39 per cent of whom said they’d think about feigning illness in order to get time off to watch the game.
Tuesday’s 5 p.m. start time is the earliest midweek kick-off England have had so far at Euro 2020, while the opposition and gravity of the game will make it a must-watch for many fans.
As many as 16 per cent of those surveyed said they would ‘definitely’ call in sick to watch the match, which could spell the end of England’s European campaign in only the second round.
England were previously stunned 2-1 by Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016, while they suffered quarter-final defeats to Italy and Portugal at Euro 2012 and Euro 2004, respectively.
A spokesperson for Bookmakers.tv said: “The England vs Germany game kicking off at 5 p.m. may be a little early for some workers, especially those who need commute long distances. So, this may be a game which clashes with many people’s work commitments.
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“Our research suggests that two-fifths of workers would at least consider bunking off to make an England game, so good luck to bosses who’ll have to deal with a strangely high number of staff illnesses tomorrow!”
The research also found English fans were the most likely of the Home Nations to pull out of work due to ‘illness’.
Scotland failed to join England in making it out of Group D, with 37 per cent of their fans responding that they would consider ‘pulling a sicky’ to watch their team play.
Wales were knocked out of the last 16 after they were dismantled 4-0 by Denmark on Saturday, and 29 per cent of their supporters said they would fake illness to see their side play.
England will feature in the knockout stages of three consecutive European Championships for the first time in their history when they face off against Germany.
Die Mannschaft just about advanced from Group F after losing 1-0 to world champions France in their Euro 2020 opener.
They responded to that disappointment by beating Portugal 4-2, but Germany had to twice come from behind to draw 2-2 against Hungary and snatch second in the pool.
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England have lost four of their last seven meetings with Germany and drew 0-0 against their old nemesis when these countries last clashed in November 2017.
It was Germany who knocked England out of the 2010 World Cup's round of 16 when the teams last met in competitive conditions.
Southgate will hope Wembley’s support offers his team a boost, while many are expected to bend the rules in order to make sure they can urge the hosts on from afar.
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