Forget about Luis Suarez, the Brazilian heat or the team’s confidence following their opening 2-1 defeat to Italy in the 2014 World Cup.
No, the real thing Roy Hodgson’s men have to worry about in tonight’s make-or-break World Cup clash with Uruguay is the fact that it’s ITV showing the match…
England teams have won only one third of World Cup group stage and knockout games broadcast by the commercial broadcaster since 1982.
By contrast, Auntie Beeb has proved far more of a lucky charm for the men in white, with England winning 57 per cent of games shown by the public service broadcaster – with just seven losses and three draws in 23 games since 1982.
However, when you analyse ITV’s record in group stage games such as tonight’s, the outcome is likely to be slightly less depressing for the England fan. That ‘s because, of the ten World Cup group games shown by ITV since 1982, six were in fact draws.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.