It’s all very hush-hush, but the British government has its agents prowling the city on an all-important G20 mission. They are searching for a suitable pub where their delegates can watch England play in the World Cup.

Perhaps the most delicate diplomatic issue for those inside the Summit Management Office (SMO) in Toronto is trying to figure out how leaders and their aides can tune in to World Cup games live from South Africa.

The task is proving to be vexing.

“The SMO has assured us the delegates and all the media will be able to watch the games as they happen,” said Catrin Stibbe, press secretary for the German consulate.

Fourteen of 24 nations invited to the G20 are participating in the most popular sporting event on Earth.