ENGLAND expects ... an early end to the working day tomorrow!
Thousands of football fans are set to leave work early to watch England in their must-win match against Switzerland in Euro, 2004.
England run the risk of being eliminated from the competition after their 2-1 defeat by France last Sunday.
Thousands are hoping skipper David Beckham will inspire his team to deliver the goods and give the Swiss a trouncing.
The match kicks off at 5pm - when most workers would normally be setting off for home and hitting the rush-hour traffic jams.
A survey by car manufacturer Hyundai suggested that up to 10,000 fans will take the day off work or slip away early.
Hyundai spokesman Rodney Kulmar said: "It seems that the majority of the country's workforce will not be where they should be when the action kicks off.
"This is a special event and fans want to see the full match. So for most, skipping work early is the only way."
A spokeswoman for the Huddersfield-based Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said : "There will be a percentage of people trying to get off early - presumably the ones with flags on their cars!"
She said companies operating flexible hours might be able to allow staff to leave early.
But she said: "They are in the minority. Most companies still operate 9 to 5."
The spokeswoman said taking a lenient view might pay off for bosses - if England rise to the challenge and win.
"England doing well creates a buzz in the office," she said.
FIVE foolproof excuses to mumble to your boss as you leave the office early to catch the England match.
1 "I've got to take the cat to the vet's."
2 "I've got some important paperwork to go through at home."
3 "I thought I'd take the opportunity to do some networking with potential clients - at the pub that happens to have the big screen."
4 "There's a man coming to deliver a fridge and I've got to be in."
5 "I had a freak allergic reaction to my lunchtime sarnie, feel terrible. I need to go home and lie down on the sofa. I'll barely have the strength to watch the match, honest."