According to a recent survey, 25% of Scots want England to perform poorly at the World Cup.
The percentage jumps to 36% among football supporters in the nation, with 36% actively rooting against Gareth Southgate’s team.
Only 2% of those surveyed by YouGov, who put Wales in the same category as England, Iran, and the United States, said they wanted the same outcome. Among football enthusiasts, that number rose to 4%.
As the 24-year search for a seat at the head table continues, Scotland once more fails to qualify.
However, just 9% of Scots and an even smaller percentage of 8% of Welsh stated they would back our nearest neighbours in the absence of the Tartan Army.
When only football fans are considered, the percentage of people who favour England jumps to 17%, with 15% supporting Rob Page’s team.
Prior to Qatar’s match against Ecuador on Sunday, YouGov revealed the statistics on Thursday.
England will play Iran in the tournament opener on Monday, while Wales will play the United States.
The choices in the poll of 1,002 respondents in Scotland were: supporting, hoping they do well, don’t care, and desiring them to do poorly.
Additionally, 39% indicated they don’t care whether England wins or loses, while 18% said they won’t especially be supporting them.
However, when it comes to Wales, 42% indicated they don’t care either way and 40% said they want them to succeed.
When the same question was only posed to self-identified football supporters, 17% said that they would be rooting against England while 28% indicated that they wouldn’t give a damn whether they won or lost.
In regards to Wales, slightly under 50% of those surveyed expressed hope for Gareth Bale’s team, while 33% are unconcerned.
The last time Scotland competed at a World Cup was in France in 1998, where they drew with Norway and lost to Brazil and Morocco.
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