A New Zealand-based England fan forked out $320 for a ticket to see his team's World Cup opener against Tunisia in Russia after flying all the way from New Zealand – only to have his view obstructed by a TV camera.

Ian Perry had flown more than 10,000 miles to watch the Three Lions get their World Cup campaign underway in Volgograd on Monday, The Mirror reports.

But after paying face value for a Category One ticket to the match, the 42-year-old was stunned to find a cameraman was blocking his view of the pitch.

"I couldn't believe it," Mr Perry, who is from Preston but lives in Wellington, told the Mirror.

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"It was a Category One ticket as well."

But fortunately after stewards spotted the problem, they secured him a seat with a better view, the MailOnline reported.

"Once the stewards saw the problem, I was given another ticket on the other side of the stadium," he said.

England fans look on at the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Tunisia and England at Volgograd Arena. Photo / Getty
England fans look on at the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Tunisia and England at Volgograd Arena. Photo / Getty

From there, he was able to watch England secure a last-gasp win after captain Harry Kane scored the second of his two goals in the 91st minute.

England opened Group G with a 2-1 win over Tunisia and currently sit in second place.

The Three Lions will next play against Panama on Sunday.