More than half of fickle football fans admit they’d be happy to support a team at the World Cup – purely based on how ‘fanciable’ the squad was.
A poll of 2,000 adults found 49 per cent would also root for a side because of how much they liked the kit.
A third are even happy to switch allegiances between teams depending on how well they are performing in the tournament.
And if taking part in a sweepstake, 17 per cent would support the team they picked out of the hat – over their home nation.
A spokesperson for Lottoland.co.uk, which is running a sweepstake giving entrants £2 in free bets when their team wins a match, said: “It’s easy to believe that when it comes to the World Cup, football fans will always support their home nation above everything else but it looks like this isn’t always the case.
“Whether it’s because they fancy the players or because they’ve entered a sweepstake and stand to make a bit of money, lots of people are splitting their allegiances this year.
“But if your home team doesn’t have a strong chance of winning, or ends up getting knocked out of the competition, then sweepstakes are a great way of adding a bit of excitement to the games.”
The study found 54 per cent of sweepstakers will take part in the game of chance for a bit of fun and aren’t really bothered about who wins the tournament.
While just 24 per cent of those polled are die-hard fans of football and will be patriotic and loyal to the very end.
Fans are rooting for England to win
It even emerged 41 per cent of Welsh fans would happily support England – after Wales got knocked out.
And 46 per cent of English fans would do the same if their side got knocked

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