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World Cup 2014: Martin McGuinness draws England in Stormont sweepstake but wants 'orange men from Holland' to win

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said he was “gobsmacked” when he drew England in the World Cup 2014 sweepstake held at his office in Stormont.

The politician told the BBC that he would like to see the “Orange men from Holland win.”

But chance instead saw him rooting for England in the £5 gamble.

"I'm absolutely gobsmacked at the fact that I drew out England," he said.

"People are asking if I'm going to support England. Of course, they're asking that in the context of monetary gain.

"But I'm a purist when it comes to sport. I've always thought it would be great if the Dutch could win the World Cup, not just because they wear orange, but because they have some very, very fantastic footballers.

"So, if Brazil doesn't win it, I think I will pitch my hat on the orange men from Holland," he added.

His tweet showing his ‘England’ ticket has since gone viral, with almost 3,000 users re-posting it.

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