'Psychic' alpaca has predicted England will qualify for the World Cup knockout stages despite LOSING to Iran in their opener

A 'psychic' alpaca has predicted England will qualify for the World Cup knockout stages despite LOSING to Iran in their opener - but Wales won't make it out of the group.

Alfie is one of the "smarter and responsive alpacas" at the petting zoo where he lives - so keepers decided to put him to the test.

The staff at Fairytale Farm in Southcombe, Oxon., asked the 10-year-old animal for his predictions on who will win Group B.

England, Wales, Iran and the USA are all competing to reach the latter stages of the competition.

Alfie made his choices - in company of his two alpaca friends Horace and Hagrid - by choosing between two separate feeding stations, covered in opposing flags.

England or the USA look set to top the group, according to Alfie - who thinks both countries will finish the early rounds with two wins each.

But Wales and Iran are due to crash out with just one win each, according to his eating habits.

For the final round of group matches, Alfie reckons England will defeat Wales in a crucial game to secure qualification to the knockout stages, with USA coming out on top against Iran.

Nick Laister, who looks after Alfie, said: “Alfie is one of our smarter and responsive alpacas on the farm who has an abundance of common sense, so if I was pushed to pick an animal to make the right decision, it’d be him.

“Here’s hoping Alfie is wrong and both England and Wales can make it through the group stages!”

The Three Lions start their campaign in Qatar on Monday (21/11), taking on Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium.