More than a quarter of Brits will shun the pub in favour of staying at home to watch the football World Cup – because boozers are too rowdy and expensive.
A poll of 2,000 adults found 45 per cent intend to watch more of the upcoming tournament at home than the pub.
A third (33 per cent) who plan to watch the game at home are doing so because it’s cheaper than the boozer.
And 43 per cent of those planning to stay at home intend to invite friends and family over to watch the games.
More than a quarter (28 per cent) simply don’t want to leave the comfort of their own home, while 14 per cent said it’s too cold outside.
Being able to rewind the game at crucial moments (16 per cent) and pubs being too rowdy (24 per cent) were also cited as reasons people may stay in.
In fact, 18 per cent felt they had a better set-up at their home to watch football than visiting the local pub.
A winter football season like no other
And three in four (74 per cent) of the adults who plan to watch matches want to improve their home viewing experience – including buying a new TV (11 per cent) and sound system (11 per cent).
The study was commissioned by Toshiba TV, as the brand decided to surprise unknowing sports fan Jack Moore with a visit from former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, who gave a unique insight into his greatest England moments.
Jack, who lives in east London, was nominated by friends as the ultimate fan of the Swedish manager, who popped round to take in some footie and share his expertise.
Bart Kuijten, commercial director at Toshiba TV, said: “This winter football season will be like no other.
“We’ve become accustomed to packed fan parks and pub

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