England have fewer World Cup ticket sales than Peru and China as relations with Russia reach crisis point

The host nation have understandably sold the most tickets with 796,875 supporters splashing out.

The USA – who failed to qualify for the tournament – will boast the second largest number of fans with 80,161, while Colombia (60,199), Germany (55,136), Mexico (51,736) and Argentina (44,882) follow.

Peru (38,544), China (36,841) and Australia (34,628) have all sold more tickets than the Three Lions (30,711).

Relations between England and Russia have hit a low point in recent weeks as a result of the Syria crisis and the nerve-agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal.

Britain is now also braced for Russian retaliation over the series of coordinated air strikes carried out by a coalition of US, UK and French forces on Syria.

Prime Minister Theresa May announced in March a government boycott of the World Cup.

And fears over Russian hooliganism appear to have deterred a number of English citizens.

Travelling Three Lions supporters have even been issued a "death threat".

Web football forums and social media in the host nation are awash with sinister threats and images showing thugs training for the blood-thirsty battle ahead.

A Russian ultra wrote: "OK. You want a war, then you will have it. Fighting is in our blood – this June we will do more than just sing.”

One bragged they should “prepare to die” while another said “they’d better go to the gym and prepare themselves somehow”.

World Cup 2018 ticket sales

  • Russia (796,875)
  • USA (80,161)
  • Brazil (65,863)
  • Colombia (60,199)
  • Germany (55,136)
  • Mexico (51,736)
  • Argentina (44,882)
  • Peru (38,544)
  • China (36,841)
  • Australia (34,628)
  • England (30,711)

England Wags fear being left without security at the World Cup after an apparent U-turn by the FA.

Arsenal fans escaped Moscow unscathed after their Europa League quarter-final second leg win over CSKA but there were reports of racist chants aimed at their black players.

Meanwhile, tickets for the World Cup have reportedly been illegally advertised for almost 40 times face value on secondary websites.

A pair of tickets to watch England versus Tunisia on June 18 were found listed for between £490 and £11,237 despite being listed at £296 on Fifa's website, leading consumer rights group Which? said.

Alex Neill, managing director of home products and services, said: "Football fans need to be aware that if they buy a World Cup ticket from an unofficial source, they risk paying inflated prices and potentially not getting into the game at all.

"If you don't want to risk watching the World Cup from the sidelines, you should only buy from the official Fifa reselling website."

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