Boost for England fans

ENGLAND football fans were today celebrating after hearing they will have more than 5,000 extra tickets for the early rounds of the World Cup finals in June.

ENGLAND football fans were today celebrating after hearing they will have more than 5,000 extra tickets for the early rounds of the World Cup finals in June.

Tournament organisers FIFA and local hosts in the German cities have agreed to release 5,300 tickets, which will be sold to members of the England official supporters club.

The news means there will be 14,000 tickets available to England fans for the matches against Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, and Sweden in Frankfurt, Nuremburg and Cologne.

Ipswich chairman David Sheepshanks welcomed the news that more tickets had been made available for England fans - but warned there were still not enough.

He said: “Past experience suggests that there will be many England fans travelling without tickets and there will not

be enough to go around from official sources.

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“The fear is that some supporters will get tickets on the black market - and there will be no way of regulating them.”

The official supporters' club, englandfans, allocates tickets to fans depending on how many matches, both home and away, they have attended.

New supporters can register now for England's European Championship campaign starting in the autumn - but they would not be eligible to apply for World Cup tickets.

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