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Match set to bring sites to standstill

SITES across the country will grind to a halt tomorrow (Friday) as England takes on Brazil in the World Cup quarter finals.

Thousands of workers are expected to take the morning off or watch the game on site, which kicks off at 7.30 am.

Contractors up and down the country are set to build their work programmes around the early morning game in Shizuoka, Japan, with many planning to provide staff access to televisions.

A Carillion spokesman said: 'We've got to remain flexible. There will be TVs provided in canteens wherever possible.'

The last time the two teams met in the competition was in Mexico in 1970 with Brazil winning the match 1-0.

London plant hire company Facelift was caught up in the World Cup fever sweeping the nation after it was called in to lift a waxwork of England captain David Beckham on to the vacant plinth in Trafalgar Square last week.

The operation was part of a publicity stunt by waxwork museum Madame Tussauds.

The waxwork was taken down but London mayor Ken Livingstone ordered it to be put back ahead of England's second round clash with Denmark.