It appears as if anti-English sentiment is not as prevalent in Irish society these days, at least according to a recent survey by Core Research.
The study claims that one in four Irish people surveyed would like to see England win the World Cup in Russia this summer. That statistic feels a good 25% off. One in three people said that they would be supporting teams with Premier League players in them, slightly more understandable given how popular the PL is over here.
17% of people said they are actively supporting Gareth Southgate's men, with 16% rallying behind Brazil.
Nearly two thirds (63%) say the tournament is not the same without Ireland playing, but that this doesn’t stop them supporting other teams.
26% of those surveyed said that they would attempt to watch all every single game of the World Cup. Yeah good luck with that.
Not that it matters anymore with both footballers knocked out, but on the whole Irish supporters would prefer to see Lionel Messi lift the World Cup this summer, 38% opting for the little Argentinian, with 24% opting for Ronaldo. Oh well, there's always Qatar 2020!