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20m Fans Tuned Into BBC One to Watch England Beat Sweden in Their World Cup Quarter Final

By Dave Meikleham on at

Alright, that figure is a tiny bit of a fib. The actual number of folk who tuned into the Beeb to watch England vanquish the Swedes 2-0 was a 'mere' 19.9 million; a peak high recorded as the quarter-final match of this thrilling World Cup was ending.

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Online numbers were impressive, too. The crunch match was streamed online by 3.8 million footy lovers, making it the Beeb's highest viewed online broadcast ever. On top of that, the game also received a whopping 89% of the UK TV audience during its peak moments. Anyone else feeling sorry for this year's Wimbledon?

If you're keen to follow the remainder of the Russian-held tournament, which sees Gareth Southgate's Three Lions facing off against Croatia in the semi-final, with Belgium and France vying for the other final place the night before, check out our definitive guide to watching the 2018 World Cup.

Football might indeed be coming home... though this embittered Scot is hoping Kylian Mbappe and co. can still alter its final destination.

[BBC]