England fan prepares for the World Cup by covering his living room floor in ASTRO TURF

June 10, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

An England superfan has prepared for the World Cup by turning his living room into the ultimate football den – complete with ASTRO TURF instead of carpet.

Patriotic Ben Rogers has decked out every inch of the room with England flags, banners and 50metres (164ft) of bunting.

The footy-mad 28-year-old has also turned put home-made goalposts either side of his TV and made replica World Cup trophies out of paper mache with his two children.

Ben Rogers, 28, with his wife Toni, 28, son Charlie and daughter Lucy, 4, in their England-themed living room

Ben Rogers, 28, with his wife Toni, 28, son Charlie and daughter Lucy, 4, in their England-themed living room


Chelsea fan Ben even made a life-size Roy Hodgson by adding a cardboard picture of the England manager’s head on to one of his suits.

And the ultimate World Cup man cave is completed by a tactics board and a mocked-up press area so his kids can conduct post-match interviews.


The front of the family home in Leicester is also covered in patriotic bunting and a 9ft England flag while the back garden is home to a miniature football pitch.

Enterprising Ben used gloss to make the white pitch lines and was donated grass seed by his beloved Chelsea FC after he sent them a picture of his efforts.

Incredibly, sales assistant Ben has only spent £50 on turning his semi-detached house into the World Cup shrine, which took an entire day to put together.

He added: “I’ve always been a massive England fan and I’ve always put England flags out for the World Cups.

Ben with his life-sized Roy Hodgson

Ben with his life-sized Roy Hodgson

The back garden of the home in Leicester that has been turned into a football pitch

The back garden of the home in Leicester that has been turned into a football pitch



“A few weeks ago I just sat there thinking how could I take this up a level and then I was looking at the floor and thought that’s a possibility.

“Then I was looking at the TV and it just snowballed from there really.

“I pulled the rug up and fitted the astro turf over the top of the carpet. Then we’ve got a press area behind the settee which I made by putting sponsors over a backing board.

“I’ve made a life-size Roy Hodgson and he is facing out of the window so anyone who walks past can see him looking out.

“We’ve got a tactics board using a Subbuteo pitch and I printed pictures of the England players so my son can get used to the tactics.

“And there’s netting behind the TV with posts around it so it looks like a goal.

“A lot of it has been homemade. I made the goals out skirting board in the shed and the England flags have been accumulated over the years.

“I paid #12 for two of the big ones this year but  overall I have probably spent just #50 this year.

“It is for the memories for the kids really, they love it and I suppose I am lucky my wife lets me get away with it.

“My mates think I am nuts and my mum just shook her head when she came around.”

Incredibly, Ben, his wife Toni, 28, and their son Charlie, eight, and daughter Lucy, four, were all born during a World Cup year.

And the football-mad dad plans to watch as many games as he can this year when the tournament kicks off in Brazil on Thursday .

He added: “I am quite optimistic about England’s chances. I think if we get off to a good start, hopefully we will get through the group.

“I’m quite confident we will get through the first knockout round but then it’s going to be a tough ask.

“I’ve got some lads coming over for the (England vs) Italy game on Saturday and Charlie will stay up to watch it.

“I’ve worked out all the possibilities of when England could play and booked the time off work so we are all ready for it to kick off now.”

Ben is also planning to do a regular World Cup diary on his YouTube channel ‘Rocket’s World Cup Madness’.

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