29 May 2014
Brits are pessimistic about England’s World Cup chances
A European opinion survey involving Loughborough’s academics has revealed just one in 10 Britons think England can win the World Cup.
The figures place the Brits as Europe’s most pessimistic nation by a large margin. Only 11% of the country believe England will ‘certainly’ or ‘probably’ win, compared to 58% of Spaniards, 47% of Italians and 45% Germans who believe their national teams could clinch the World Cup crown.
The survey questioned more than 7,000 people from nine European countries and was commissioned as part of the FREE Project (Football Research in an Enlarged Europe) - a three-year academic study focussing on football and European identity.
Loughborough’s project lead is Dr Borja Garcia in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS).