FOOTIE fever took over the nation during the World Cup with 44.5 million viewers tuning in to watch the BBC’s coverage.

Figures released by the public service broadcaster on Monday revealed the record-breaking numbers from the tournament in Russia.

 Gary Lineker was the face of the BBC's World Cup coverage that drew 44.5 million viewers

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Gary Lineker was the face of the BBC’s World Cup coverage that drew 44.5 million viewers

A total of 66.8m total match requests were made on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport, while 10.4m tuned into BBC One for Sunday’s final.

Gary Lineker presented the finale in Moscow as France beat Croatia to lift the Jules Rimet trophy.

The match was the only one of the tournament to be shown live on both the BBC and ITV.

Lineker was joined by pundits Rio Ferdinand and SunSport columnist Alan Shearer.

England’s quarter-final victory over Sweden was the highest-viewed live programme online in the BBC’s history.

 Lineker was joined by pundits Rio Ferdinand and Alan Shearer throughout the tournament

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Lineker was joined by pundits Rio Ferdinand and Alan Shearer throughout the tournament
 England's game against Sweden drew in the biggest audience for the BBC

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England’s game against Sweden drew in the biggest audience for the BBC
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A total of 3.8m people tuned in on iPlayer and BBC Sport.

BBC Sport director Barbara Slater said: “The interest in the tournament and the achievement of England winning through to the semi-finals has been proven in the record-breaking figures for TV and online.”

The Corporation’s website also allowed users to rate players.

On average, South Korea and Tottenham forward Son Heung-min was highest-rated at 7.43.

Golden Ball winner Luka Modric was given the highest individual rating for a performance with 8.45 in the 3-0 win over Argentina.



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