A Japanese insurer has joined the hordes of English fans cheering the England team to win a place at the World Cup Finals next year – it has just developed a policy to cover shops against hooliganism.

The appearance of England, with its bad reputation for hooligans, would undoubtably help sell the policy.

Nissin Fire and Marine Insurance were asked for special cover by shop owners in the city of Yokohama, west of Tokyo, where the final match of the tournament will be held. But the policy will be available to shops in all ten cities where matches will be played.

The product will be valid for two months from early May next year, long enough to cover the month-long finals.