England have big pre-match problem - a billion flies!

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Flying away: England’s players walk on the pitch prior to the start of the group G match with Tunisia
Flying away: England’s players walk on the pitch prior to the start of the group G match with Tunisia

England have a problem ahead of their big game with Tunisia tonight – a plague of flies!

The city of Volgograd has seen an infestation and they are causing problems already at the stadium.

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Swarms of the insects have been pestering fans and workers in Russia all day – and now they have turned their attention to the game.

Many of the media have been doused in fly repellent – and the players may have to do the same.

The big moment is close: Tunisia fans arrived at the stadium
The big moment is close: Tunisia fans arrived at the stadium

“They are on your face, stick to your lips, get inside your nostrils, your ears and your hair,” said BBC Sport’s Natalie Pirks.

“I’ve had to debug myself at bedtime as you find dead ones you’ve splatted in the strangest of places.”

Radio 5 live commentator John Murray added: “If Sunday night at the stadium was anything to go by, these little creatures are going to make it extremely uncomfortable for everyone there.

World Cup Group G (PA)
World Cup Group G (PA)

“There are billions of them. At one point last night it felt like I had a hundred thousand in my hair. Fortunately they haven’t bitten me at all, it’s just their presence that is unpleasant.

“We were warned about many things before coming to Russia, but this was not one of them.”


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