England expects quarter finals victory
As England prepare for their quarter final match up against Italy our latest survey reveals a surge of optimism with 68% of England fans backing the team to overcome the Italians in their quest to reach the semi finals.
Despite this optimism fans still consider England outsiders to lift the trophy with 46% now backing Germany to win followed by Spain in 2nd (backed by 26%) and England as third favourites with 12% of the backing.
Outstanding English talents
Steven Gerrard comes out as the fans pick for England’s star performer at the Championships to date (backed by 37%) followed by Theo Walcott with 12% and Terry, Hart, Parker and Lescott all earning plaudits.
Asked to pick their team to face the Italians there was strong support for a more adventurous line up with Theo Walcott preferred over James Milner with Danny Welbeck just edging out Andy Carrol in the starting line up.
Fans team to face Italy:
Goal line technology
Despite England benefiting from a Ukranian goal being wrongly disallowed for not crossing the line support for the use of goal line technology amongst fans seems stronger than ever with 94% backing it’s introduction in future matches and only 4% opposing its introduction.
The Hodgson effect
This rise in optimism for England’s chances is largely attributed to the Hodgson effect with approval ratings for the job Hodgson is doing as England manager surging by to 85% net approval compared to 44% ahead of England’s opening match against France.
The fans have also given Steven Gerrard a ringing endorsement as England captain following his recent performances with a net approval rating of 84%.
|% Approve||% Disapprove||Net rating|
|The job Roy Hodgson is doing as England manager||86%||1%||85%|
|The job Steven Gerrard is doing as captain of the England Team||86%||2%||82%|
|The job the England players are doing as footballers||78%||5%||73%|
|The job the England players are doing as representatives of the country||79%||4%||75%|
Opinium Research interviewed 1,018 England fans between the 20th and the 21st of June 2012.