Numbers: The decline in attendances at England games

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Last night's friendly win against Norway saw the lowest number of fans turn out to watch England since Wembley reopened in 2007 and it could be a sign of things to come.

International football for England fans has long been an almost certain source of disappointment, and last night's 1-0 win against Norway saw just 40,181 fans attend the game at Wembley in what was the lowest attendance figure since the stadium reopened in 2007.

Less than half the fans that could fit inside the 90,000 seater stadium turned out to watch the friendly, and it could be a sign of things to come.

Roy Hodgson believes that the upcoming games at Wembley for the Three Lions's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign will see low attendance figures as they don't "excite" fans.

"We'll find it hard to bring attendances back because the opponents we're playing won't excite the public," the England manager said.

However, England's highest attendance figure at Wembley came in a World Cup qualifier against minnows Kazakhstan, as 89,107 fans were at the game in October 2008.

The numbers have fluctuated in the past four years, though there are no signs that masses of fans will start piling into the stadium to support the national side anytime soon.

  MatchDateAttendanceAverage Attendance (per year)
England vs Egypt (F) March 3 2010 80,602  
England vs Mexico (F) May 24 2010 88,638  
England vs Hungary (F) August 11 2010 72,034 78,927 (2010)
England vs Bulgaria (ECQ) September 3 2010 73,346  
England vs Montenegro (ECQ) October 12 2010 73,451  
England vs France (F) November 17 2010 85,495  
England vs Ghana (F) March 29 2011 80,102  
England vs Switzerland (ECQ) June 4 2011 84,459  
England vs Wales (ECQ) September 6 2011 77,128 75,550 (2011)
England vs Spain (F) November 12 2011 87,189  
England vs Sweden (F) November 15 2011 48,876  
England vs Netherlands (F) February 29 2012 76,283  
England vs Belgium (F) June 2 2012 85,091 78,782 (2012)
England vs Ukraine (WCQ) September 11 2012 68,102  
England vs San Marino (WCQ) October 12 2012 85,654  
England vs Brazil (F) February 6 2013 87,453  
England vs Republic of Ireland (F) May 29 2013 80,126  
England vs Scotland (F) August 14 2013 80,485  
England vs Moldova (WCQ) September 6 2013 61,607 78,443 (2013)
England vs Montenegro (WCQ) October 11 2013 83,807  
England vs Poland (WCQ) October 15 2013 85,186  
England vs Chile (F) November 15 2013 62,953  
England vs Germany (F) November 19 2013 85,934  
England vs Denmark (F) March 5 2014 68,573  
England vs Peru (F) May 30 2014 83,578 64,110 (2014)
England vs Norway (F) September 3 2014 40,181  

This year has seen three England games at Wembley so far, and those matches have seen the lowest average attendance per game seen since the national side moved back into Wembley in 2007.

The highest attendance figure in the past four years came against Mexico in a friendly in May 2010 as 88,638 fans turned out to watch the Three Lions win 3-1.

Over 70,000 fans have been in attendance for all of England's European Championship qualifiers in the past few years, and it will be intriguing to see if that amount continue to support the side in the upcoming months.

England could continue to play home games at Wembley for the next eight or nine years despite calls to move the fixtures across the country, as elite nations like Spain and Germany do.

The low attendances reflect the lack of excitement England fans show towards the national side and this summer's poor World Cup campaign will likely see many more supporters stop attending games at Wembley.

Will attendances at England games continue to drop? Should games be played across the country rather than just at Wembley?

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