Only 19% of England fans value international football over club football — according to a survey carried out on behalf of bookmaker Paddy Power.
Football fever gripped the nation back in 2018 when England made it all the way to the semi-finals of the Russia World Cup, only for their hard work to be undone by Croatia.
However, it seems all the hype that surrounded Gareth Southgate’s men that summer has worn out, with not even 20% of those surveyed choosing the Three Lions over their respective clubs.
The outcome of the study is hardly surprising given the reaction from fans each time an international break rolls around. But, with England amongst the favourites in the Euro 2021 odds, we’re certain fans will get behind Southgate and his men as they look to win their first major title since 1966.
It’ll also be of little surprise to discover that two-thirds of the ‘Big Six’ supporters value club success over England’s good fortunes, whilst they also tend to be less bothered when the Three Lions fall short of expectations.
Meanwhile, Southgate made the strange decision to delay his 26-man Euro 2020 squad announcement until June 1st, instead naming a larger 33-man provisional squad, which included first-time call-ups for Ben White, Ben Godfrey and Aaron Ramsdale.
After much speculation that Trent Alexander-Arnold was going to miss out on a place in the squad, the 22-year-old Liverpool right-back was in fact included in the extended squad — leading to speculation that he could still be involved at the Euros when Southgate slashes his selection down to the required 26.