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England fans face £5,000 trip to see World Cup group games

England fans travelling to Russia for the World Cup are set to spend up to £5,000 and could clock up over 4,000 miles getting to the team’s group games, research has shown.

England’s Group G fixtures see them face Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18, Panama in Nizhny Novgorod six days later and Belgium in Kaliningrad four days on.

Research carried out by Virgin Media and the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) looked at air, road and train travel for supporters in terms of reaching the first game and then going on to the other two, and a survey of England fans was carried out to discover their plans and estimated budget.

The survey revealed almost a quarter (23 percent) anticipated that their trip would cost in the £3,000-£5,000 bracket.

The research found that the total journey, starting from London on to each of the three host cities for the group games, would be 3,402 miles and 12 hours and 15 minutes by air, costing £753, or 4,008 miles and 73 hours and 40 minutes by car. It would take more than 120 hours by rail.

Ninety-five percent of those surveyed said they had practised only a couple of words of Russian or none at all. The FSF has published a fan guide.

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