England football fans accounted for just 0.5 per cent of FIFA World Cup ticket requests after the opening two weeks of the second sales phase.

The low percentage translates to just 12,500 tickets going to England supporters that hope to travel to Russia in 2018, according to figures revealed by the Sky Sports news website. 

England currently ranks 18th for global requests, but the Football Association (FA) are reportedly relaxed by the figures.

More than 2.3m tickets have been requested this month, with the current phase remaining open until January 31.

FIFA said that most applications have come from Russia, with fans from Argentina, Peru, Mexico, USA, Colombia, Brazil, Egypt, Spain, China and Germany, all currently ranking in top 10.

England received an allocation of 12,760 or 1.7 per cent of tickets assigned worldwide for World Cup tickets following the end of last month’s opening phase.

England opens its World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Group G on June 18 before facing Panama six days later, with Belgium the final group-stage opposition on June 28.

The 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in 11 cities across Russia.

Eleven host cities will be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.