With public support of the England team at an all-time low following the debacle at the World Cup, William Hill have opened the book on just how many fans will show up at Wembley for England’s friendly with Hungary on Wednesday.
After a disappointing World Cup campaign that saw Fabio Capello’s side succumb to an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Germany, England return to Wembley for their “homecoming” fixture for a friendly against the Hungarians ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
And William Hill is expecting a frosty reception from the fans towards the England players although the odds suggest that talk of a supporter boycott of the match is unfounded.
Hills are offering even money that the official attendance for the match comes in between 70,000 and 79,999, with 7/4 on 80,000+ and 9/4 on 60,000 and 69,999.
“There are suggestions that punters will boycott this game in protest at England's World Cup performances, but we believe that the FA will be pulling out all the stops in an effort to avoid the embarrassment of a seriously low crowd,” said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
England’s lowest home attendance since moving into the new Wembley Stadium stands at 57,897, which was achieved during the 6-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Andorra back in June 2009.