England footie fans 90 minutes from Brazil

14th Oct 2013

Friday's 4-1 win over Montenegro means that England fans are just 90 minutes away from Brazil.

A win over Poland at on Tuesday night will guarantee Roy Hodgson's men a place at the 2014 World Cup finals.

But England fans had better be as quick-thinking as some of the players were on Friday to be in with a chance of watching the action live in Brazil on football-based specialist tours next summer.

A total of 96,780 people from England have already applied for tickets.

Event organiser Fifa will hold a random draw for games where the amount of applications surpasses the available tickets. The second phase starts next month (November 5) on a first-come, first-served system.

Fifa claims it has had applications for nearly 6.2 million tickets for the finals, nearly double the total available.

Brazilians have made the most applications so far (4,368,029), followed by Americans (374,065), Argentines (266,937) and Germans (134,899).

Fifa predicts almost 3.3 million tickets to be available for the event.

The majority of the requests (726,067) were for the opener in Sao Paulo and the final (751,165) at Maracana Stadium, where football fans on city breaks to Rio de Janeiro can enjoy one of the world's finest stadiums.

England fans' dreams of Brazil came clearly into view on Friday, thanks to Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, who rewarded boss Hodgson's shock choice to give him his international debut with an outstanding display.

England needed a victory after nearest Group H rivals Ukraine had earlier beaten Poland.

Townsend, 22, provided the inspiration, scoring in the 4-1 win.

The England performance has set up another crucial Wembley meeting with old adversaries Poland, who notoriously prevented their path to the 1974 World Cup.

England head the group with 19 points, one ahead of Ukraine going into the last round of games.

But with Ukraine meeting minnows San Marino in the last game, it looks like only a win will do.

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