The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), which released the figures, said the number of pints could boost the economy by as much as £42m.

As the timings of England matches suit pubs and fewer fans are travelling to the tournament to watch games, the pub is set to be the most popular place to watch the action from Russia, said BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds.

"When it comes to watching England at the World Cup, only being at the game itself can compare with being in the pub. Millions of England fans will be going to the pub to cheer on the team with their friends, which is both great for the local pub and great for the England team. Let's hope the England team do us proud!"

The taxman will be cheering the loudest, Brigid said, with beer duty from beer drinkers and pub-goers watching England at the World Cup generating potentially as big as £6.3 million for the coffers.

England's World Cup match will be against Tunisia on Monday June 18 at 7pm on the BBC. The Three Lions will then play Panama on Sunday June 24 at 4pm (also showing on the BBC) and Belgium on Saturday June 9 at 7pm, which will be on ITV.

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