With Michy Batshuayi set to replace Romelu Lukaku in Belgium’s starting line-up when England take on the Red Devils in Kaliningrad this evening, some members of the public might be mistaken for thinking that the Three Lions’ backline will be going toe to toe with a dairy product.
According to research from Sure Men Sport Cool, some 70% of British men suspect Belgium’s Chelsea star to be a type of cheese.
Other findings indicating poor football knowledge uncovered by the survey are that 44% of respondents don’t know that Harry Kane is England’s captain and 46% have no knowledge of young starlet Trent Alexander-Arnold, with some suggesting the Liverpool right back to be a reality TV star, politician or newsreader.
Over a quarter of those surveyed admit they won’t be watching any football this summer and 11% said they feel under pressure to appear knowledgeable about football when watching with friends.
What’s more, 15% of men said they feel less confident in themselves when put under pressure to know their football stuff, while others admitted to bluffing their way through football conversations.
No need to worry or bluff anymore, lads, that’s what football podcasts are for!
“Our latest research has shown that not all guys will be football fanatics this summer and that, sometimes, they can feel under pressure to appear knowledgeable about football,” says Josh Plimmer, Sure Men brand manager.
“We want guys to know they can be sport cool without needing to feel like a boffin!”
But if you do want to feel like a boffin, our latest World Cup Swift Halves episode is here.