England fans better off in Brazil's most visited cities

In a country with a population of almost 200 million and no more than 10m having some grasp of English, those that come to support Roy Hodgson’s team next summer will experience an easier stay if they are based in cities used to receiving visitors, such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. That is the opinion of the British ambassador to Brazil, Alex Ellis - a Swindon fan and admittedly “crazy for football”.

“It is true the level of English speaking here is not very good. I think it is best to go to the most visited cities,” he said. “That is also why British institutions are investing heavily in teaching the language in Brazil. But there is a lot of diversity here, places that are completely different from anything else. There is more than football, samba and beaches. The English should see that.”

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