England football fans are set to order and eat more than 5 million takeaway pizzas during each England match, new research has revealed.
Experts are predicting a mammoth TV audience of more than 17 million will watch each England game in Qatar – with 30% of those viewing at home and eating pizza while the teams face off.
New research conducted by online food ordering app Foodhub, shows that pizza is the TV watching football fans favourite match takeaway.
So, despite Italy failing to qualify for Qatar 2022, the azzurri do still have something to shout about this winter – as their national dish will be celebrated across the globe during the tournament.
A fifth of the UK (19%) chose pizza as their favourite footy takeaway, according to the Foodhub data. Elsewhere, fried chicken (10%) and a Chinese takeaway (9%) rounded off the top three.
Experts at Foodhub predict a massive surge in takeaway orders when the football is on, which is supported by the fact that over half of the UK (56%) agrees that watching football is better with food.
What’s more, the majority of the UK (52%) stated their favourite place to watch football is in the comfort of their own home, with just 1 in 5 (20%) opting for the pub as their matchday setting.
Emma Stockman, a spokesperson for Foodhub, said: “Like the rest of the UK, we cannot wait to watch the football this winter here at Foodhub. Football and food tend to go hand in hand and we’re not surprised to see the majority of football fans stating that the sport is better when coupled with food.
“Sporting occasions are always a great chance to spend time with friends and family and food often plays a massive part in this, therefore it’s no surprise to see the ultimate sharer, pizza, named the UK’s favourite food to eat when watching the football.
“Based on predicted TV viewing figures and our survey results we confidently expect England football fans to munch their way through approximately 5 million pizzas while watching the national team this winter”.