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England get additional tickets for World Cup opener

Hundreds of tickets for England's opening World Cup game on Saturday were on sale for as little as £15 on Wednesday. As the first of an expected 10,000 England fans began to arrive in South Africa, they were greeted with news that cut-price tickets had become available for the match against America, reports the London Evening Standard. Fifa has allowed the last-minute sale of about 300 tickets that had previously been reserved for South African residents, with prices starting at £15.

Kevin Miles of the Football Supporters' Federation, who is in Johannesburg, said: "All official 5,000 tickets designated for England fans have sold out and I expect there will be double that number in the stadium.

"If tickets are put on sale at the last minute, then that is good news for those who turn up at a late stage."

Mr Miles said he expected most supporters to land in Johannesburg on Friday, and stay for the first three games.

He said many tickets that include hospitality packages had also come back onto the market because of poor sales, but "these will cost around £1,000 and be out of the reach of most fans".

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