You couldn't really make this up: but someone having done so, it certainly sets the mind racing.
Yes, on its rest days the Barmy Army pays a cultural visit to ... Chernobyl.
'Tourists have to sign lengthy disclaimer forms and guides who show them around the area are only permitted to work for two weeks at a time before having to leave the area. Trips on the days England are not playing are booked solid with supporters keen to explore one of the most notorious tourist destinations in the world ... “England fans have perhaps got an unfair reputation because of the past and people think we just get drunk when we go to matches overseas. But there are thousands of football supporters who take a real interest in the countries they visit".'
Well indeed. It keeps them off the streets and, truth be told, what you might pick up at Chernobyl could be a sight less problematic than from some of the dodgier venues in downtown Kiev. I am told that during the Beijing Olympics, tourists were taken on tours of reeking open-cast neodymium mines; and when South Africa hosted the World Cup they offered evening pedestrian excursions to Soweto that proved very popular.
Question is - what shall we offer our own international guests when July comes around ? The Shale Gas Earthquakes of Blackpool ? The Victorian Sewers of old Soho ?