Brits set to splash £270m for England vs Wales and down as many as 12m pints

The UK is expected to grind to a standstill for England and Wales World Cup clash – with £270m predicted to be spent.

Around four million fans will pile into pubs, bars and restaurants to sip 12m pints during the match – ploughing £43m into the nation’s ailing hospitality industry.

Another 12.9m fans will watch from home, splashing out £141m on booze and either home-cooked or takeaway food.

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The World Cup Spending Report by revealed fans will spend £50m upgrading TVs and other electrics ahead of the game, while £27m has been spent on sportswear and £7.6m on other items including souvenirs.

Anita Naik, of, said: "As two of our home nations go head-to-head in the group stage understandably there will be an increased interest in Tuesday's game.

"Although rising costs are having an impact on consumers the predicted spending figures show both English and Welsh fans are still set to get behind their countries."

Annual leave is up 14% on Tuesday (November 29) and 12% Wednesday (November 30), according to absence monitor BrightHR.

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Chief exec Alan Price said: "Football fever has taken hold. Many England and Wales fans plan to make a day of the festivities and some are making provisions for a woozy head on Wednesday."

Luke Dearden, general manager of The Sydney Arms pub, Chelsea, west London, said: “Never mind dry January, it's wet November thanks to the World Cup. We've had to get more beer stocks in.”

In Qatar 8,000 England fans are expected to watch the match live alongside 5,000 Wales supporters.

England midfielder Jordan Henderson, 32, who is playing in his sixth tournament with the Three Lions, admitted the players were "pretty disappointed" they did not beat the USA to qualify with a game in hand.

But he said the "mood is good" and the current team’s "togetherness and the friendship" would see them through.

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"This squad is probably the closest I’ve worked in," he said.

"I think that can only have a benefit on the pitch."


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