England's poor performance will cost the economy

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England's poor performance will cost the economy

Simon Quicke

England's failure to deliver a decent winning performance against Algeria has produced the scenario a lot of employers were dreading with the game this Wednesday afternoon now taking on a great deal of importance. Thumbnail image for world-cup-trophy.jpg

when the schedule of the group stage was announced and the final England game against Slovenia was put at 3pm on Wednesday the prospect of a large amount of sickies and unofficial downtime became a concern.

Some employers preempted the issue by announcing a ban on watching the World Cup in work time and others hoped that England would have already qualified before the Slovenia game was played.

But after a draw with the USA and with Algeria England now have to get something from Wednesday's game. Lose and the manager will resign and the team will be flying home.

Before the tournament started the predicted cost to British business ranged from £1bn right up to £4bn and between now and the game later this week there will probably be even more statistics about how much the game will cost UK Plc as people duck out of work to watch the match.

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