Psychic lion with '90 per cent success rate' has picked a winner in England versus France at the World Cup
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A psychic lion in Thailand with a '90 per cent success rate' has predicted the result of England's mammoth World Cup quarter-final against France.
Gareth Southgate's side will face the reigning world champions at the Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday evening.
Both teams are strong contenders to win the World Cup after flying through the group stages and their round of 16 ties.
Out in Khon Khaen in Thailand, a zookeeper already has the winner thanks to a lion named Chao Boy.
Chao Boy has become a viral sensation during World Cup by predicting the winner in every game.
Just how is he doing this? Well, it's not scientific. The nine-year-old picks the victor by jumping for a chicken drumstick hanging below the flags of each respective country.
So far, Chao Boy has managed to predict most games correctly. How does he think the Three Lions will fare against Kylian Mbappe and company? You might not like the answer.
Chao Boy was initially unsure about the winner when both flags were lowered into his enclosure.
After a few seconds of deliberation, he decided to go for the French flag. Could this be proof that football definitely isn't coming home?
If you're wondering about Chao Boy's other quarter-final picks, he's backed Argentina to beat the Netherlands, Brazil to overcome Croatia and Morocco to upset Portugal. That would leave us with semi-finals of Argentina vs Brazil and Morocco vs France. Fascinating ties to say the least.
The zoo manager Narongwit Chodchoy recently discussed Chao Boy's recent success and newfound fame.
"Chao Boy has always been considered a favourite in predicting football results," he explained per The Sun.
"Whether it's the World Cup, Euros, or other major football matches, he can predict accurately with 80 or 90 per cent of his guesses being correct."
If England have any hope of reaching the semi-finals of a second successive World Cup, they'll need to stop Kylian Mbappe.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar scored twice against Poland to take his tally at the competition to five goals in four games.
England defender Kyle Walker knows he needs to on top form to contain Mbappe but refused to make it all about him.
"I think the game's not England vs Mbappe, it's England vs France," the Manchester City full-back stressed.
"We respect that he is a good player in good form, but I am not going to roll out a red carpet for him and tell him to go and score.
"I'm representing my country at the quarter-final in a World Cup, it's do or die really. If we lose, we go home. He's not going to stand in my way of winning a World Cup for my country."
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Topics: England, France, Football World Cup