A new breed of supporter, the fair-weather football fan, has emerged, according to Halifax .
Fanatics have carefully plotted their summer holidays, careful not to miss a second of World Cup action, claims the travel insurance provider .
The study shows that 81 per cent of Britons holidaying during the tournament intend to follow every game from their chosen destination.
Around two out of five have specifically picked a country, resort, accommodation and flight times that allow them to see the matches.
However it won’t all be fun in the sun, as Halifax travel insurance research also found that ten per cent expect football to cause an argument during their trip.
Vicky Emmott, senior underwriter at Halifax travel insurance, commented: “Many die-hard fans are carefully researching the resort, accommodation and even flight times to make sure that they can watch the big games.
“Holding the tournament in Europe is definitely playing a key factor in this … making it much more affordable and practical to combine watching the football with a summer holiday.”
England’s first match against Paraguay is on June 10th 2006, with huge numbers of supporters expected to travel to Germany to cheer on the team.