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Would you outsource your job or forgo a pay rise to see England win the World Cup?

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The world cup is nearly upon us and it seems Brits would go to great lengths to watch the games and see England crowned the champions.

One in 10 people would rather see England triumph this summer than receive a 5% pay rise or win a free holiday.

But across the regions, football fans living in the West Midlands were particularly desperate to see England lift the World Cup, as 19% prefer an England triumph over a pay rise or free holiday.

A poll of 2,000 UK adults by free satellite TV provider Freesat revealed that 3% would be tempted to pull a sickie during this summer’s tournament. Luckily, for 9-5 workers, all of England’s matches fall out of office hours, though the midweek evening kick-off times for games against Tunisia and Belgium could mean sore heads in the office the next day.

Men were more than twice as likely to predict a case of World Cup flu than women, with 4.6% claiming they would call in sick – compared to 2% of women.

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But before calling in sick, an online services marketplace is offering football fans the chance to hire freelancers to cover their jobs while they catch the action.

Professional freelancers are expected to charge from £15 an hour in sectors including data input and analysis or jobs where the work can be outsourced remotely.

The service, provided by company Bark, will launch on Thursday 14 June, when Russia take on Saudi Arabia.

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