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England 3-1 Slovenia beaten in TV ratings by quiz show

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England recorded their fifth successive win on Saturday evening, triumphing 3-1 over Slovenia in the Euro Qualifiers. England have lengthened their perfect run in qualifying, having already ran out winners in the previous three group games. Despite their winning form, it appears that the England faithful have fallen out of love with international fixtures.

As reported by Bleacher Report, England's clash with Slovenia was beaten in the TV ratings by BBC's quiz show Pointless. The celebrity edition of the quiz show was aired at the same time as England's game, which was shown live on ITV.

Hamish Mackay of Mail Online announced the respective ratings of the two shows and it wasn't pretty reading for FA bosses hoping the national team could still capture the interest of the nation.

"ITV averaged 4.56 million viewers as Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck handed England victory in London, while the BBC quiz show, which was on at the same time, averaged 4.99 million," he said.

"At its peak, the England game was being watched by 6.3 million people, while Pointless Celebrities, presented by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, peaked at 7.6 million."

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England have failed to excite recently, but to be ousted by the likes of Louie Spence and Andrew Castle on a quiz show could present a new low for Roy Hodgson's England setup, especially on an occasion when skipper Wayne Rooney claimed his golden cap for becoming England's youngest ever centurion.

As well as criticism towards England's style of play, the ITV presenting team has also come under-fire. Adrian Chiles and Andy Townsend have been on the receiving end of jeers recently, and have been slated via social media for poor and boring presenting.

Fierce Rivals Waiting

England next head into battle on Tuesday evening, when they go head-to-head with their fierce rivals Scotland in the oldest international of them all. The encounter will be spiced up by Scotland's recent vote against independence from the United Kingdom, something that many Scots were extremely disappointed by.

Hodgson has been sent a wake-up call ahead of future games, and although his side are near-certain to reach 2016's Euro Finals, it might be time to rethink the England setup. Despite this, expect England's ratings to skyrocket on Tuesday evening, with that highly anticipated clash with Scotland, in Glasgow.

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