Japanese boffins reckon that their robots will be able to win the football World Cup by 2050. So instead of Arsenal, Chelsea and Moan United ploughing huge sums of money into youth academies maybe they ought to be making big cash bids for the winners of Robot Wars.
You can help in the quest for England’s future World Cup glory too by investing in Mr Soccer Robot Football, the first UK robot footy game which is being launched by Firebox in September. Players use remote controls to manoeuvre the robots (it comes with one for each time, but extra robots can be added) round the pitch to chase and then control the ball. Having seen a brief demo at the Firebox Christmas party last week (yes you did read that right) I can say it is absolutely addictive and well worth £30. Anyone for a robot footy league?