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In this photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, teams stand in a line during a children soccer tournament at the Start Stadium in Saransk, Russia. The Start Stadium in Saransk may not look like much, but its the jumping-off point for hundreds of young Russians dreams of soccer stardom. (AP Photo)
Hard road to World Cup dream for young Russian players
In this photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, teams stand in a line during a children soccer tournament at the Start Stadium in Saransk, Russia. The Start Stadium in Saransk may not look like much, but its the jumping-off point for hundreds of young Russians dreams of soccer stardom. (AP Photo)
In this photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, boys examine trophies during a nine-year-old children soccer tournament at the Start Stadium in Saransk, Russia. The Start Stadium in Saransk may not look like much, but its the jumping-off point for hundreds of young Russians dreams of soccer stardom. (AP Photo)
Hard road to World Cup dream for young Russian players
In this photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, boys examine trophies during a nine-year-old children soccer tournament at the Start Stadium in Saransk, Russia. The Start Stadium in Saransk may not look like much, but its the jumping-off point for hundreds of young Russians dreams of soccer stardom. (AP Photo)
In this photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, a boy shoots towards the goal, during a children soccer tournament at the Start Stadium in Saransk, Russia. The Start Stadium in Saransk may not look like much, but its the jumping-off point for hundreds of young Russians dreams of soccer stardom.(AP Photo)
Hard road to World Cup dream for young Russian players
In this photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, a boy shoots towards the goal, during a children soccer tournament at the Start Stadium in Saransk, Russia. The Start Stadium in Saransk may not look like much, but its the jumping-off point for hundreds of young Russians dreams of soccer stardom.(AP Photo)
In this photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, boys stand next to trophies during a children soccer tournament at the Start Stadium in Saransk, Russia. The Start Stadium in Saransk may not look like much, but its the jumping-off point for hundreds of young Russians dreams of soccer stardom. (AP Photo)
Hard road to World Cup dream for young Russian players
In this photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, boys stand next to trophies during a children soccer tournament at the Start Stadium in Saransk, Russia. The Start Stadium in Saransk may not look like much, but its the jumping-off point for hundreds of young Russians dreams of soccer stardom. (AP Photo)
In this photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, boys play during a children soccer tournament at the Start Stadium in Saransk, Russia. The Start Stadium in Saransk may not look like much, but its the jumping-off point for hundreds of young Russians dreams of soccer stardom. (AP Photo)
Hard road to World Cup dream for young Russian players
In this photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, boys play during a children soccer tournament at the Start Stadium in Saransk, Russia. The Start Stadium in Saransk may not look like much, but its the jumping-off point for hundreds of young Russians dreams of soccer stardom. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this July 3, 1974 file photo, Netherlands forward Johann Cruyff scores his team's second goal against Brazil in their World Cup soccer match in Dortmund, West Germany. The Netherlands beats Brazil 2-0 to qualify for the World Cup final, where it lost 2-1 despite going ahead. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo, File)
WORLD CUP: Cruyff-inspired Netherlands falls short in 1974
FILE - In this July 3, 1974 file photo, Netherlands forward Johann Cruyff scores his team's second goal against Brazil in their World Cup soccer match in Dortmund, West Germany. The Netherlands beats Brazil 2-0 to qualify for the World Cup final, where it lost 2-1 despite going ahead. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo, File)
The two American-born stars will combine with the Albanian to make the official anthem for this summer's event in Russia
Will Smith, Nicky Jam & Era Istrefi to collaborate on official 2018 World Cup song
The two American-born stars will combine with the Albanian to make the official anthem for this summer's event in Russia
The Red Devils shot-stopper doesn't get a great deal of playing time at Old Trafford, but would have been the Albiceleste's number one in Russia
Argentina announce Man Utd goalkeeper Sergio Romero will miss World Cup through injury
The Red Devils shot-stopper doesn't get a great deal of playing time at Old Trafford, but would have been the Albiceleste's number one in Russia
We're going to Russia to win World Cup, says England captain Harry Kane
We're going to Russia to win World Cup, says England captain Harry Kane
We're going to Russia to win World Cup, says England captain Harry Kane
Harry Kane will captain England in Russia. ‘He has belief and high standards,’ Gareth Southgate said.
We're going to Russia to win World Cup, says England captain Harry Kane
Harry Kane will captain England in Russia. ‘He has belief and high standards,’ Gareth Southgate said.
We're going to Russia to win World Cup, says England captain Harry Kane
We're going to Russia to win World Cup, says England captain Harry Kane
We're going to Russia to win World Cup, says England captain Harry Kane
This photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018 shows a view of the interior of the Olympic Sports Center where Panama's soccer team will live during the 2018 World Cup in Saransk, Russia. Russia is trying to wipe its sports reputation clean by hosting the World Cup after years of doping scandals. In the host city of Saransk, a training center notorious for doping abuses and tainted medals will now be the home of Panamas soccer team. (AP Photo/Julia Chestnova)
FIFA: Insufficient evidence of doping by Russia's WCup squad
This photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018 shows a view of the interior of the Olympic Sports Center where Panama's soccer team will live during the 2018 World Cup in Saransk, Russia. Russia is trying to wipe its sports reputation clean by hosting the World Cup after years of doping scandals. In the host city of Saransk, a training center notorious for doping abuses and tainted medals will now be the home of Panamas soccer team. (AP Photo/Julia Chestnova)
FIFA said it could find no evidence of doping among players from World Cup host nation Russia's squad (AFP Photo/FABRICE COFFRINI)
FIFA said it could find no evidence of doping among players from World Cup host nation Russia's squad
FIFA said it could find no evidence of doping among players from World Cup host nation Russia's squad (AFP Photo/FABRICE COFFRINI)
VAR was used at the Confederations Cup in Russia last year.
Will VAR improve the World Cup?
VAR was used at the Confederations Cup in Russia last year.
The 28 players called up for the host nation's preliminary squad have been cleared of any potential violations
FIFA finds no doping cases in Russia's World Cup squad
The 28 players called up for the host nation's preliminary squad have been cleared of any potential violations
FILE PHOTO: Mayor of Yekaterinburg Yevgeny Roizman attends opening ceremony of the City Day celebrations in Yekaterinburg, Russia, August 19, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
FILE PHOTO: Mayor of Yekaterinburg Roizman attends opening ceremony of the City Day celebrations in Yekaterinburg
FILE PHOTO: Mayor of Yekaterinburg Yevgeny Roizman attends opening ceremony of the City Day celebrations in Yekaterinburg, Russia, August 19, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Russia vs Saudi Arabia: World Cup 2018 prediction, preview, betting tips, odds, TV channel, live streaming online, start time, head to head, Group A fixture schedule
Russia vs Saudi Arabia: World Cup 2018 prediction, preview, betting tips, odds, TV channel, live streaming online, start time, head to head, Group A fixture schedule
Russia vs Saudi Arabia: World Cup 2018 prediction, preview, betting tips, odds, TV channel, live streaming online, start time, head to head, Group A fixture schedule
Russia vs Saudi Arabia: World Cup 2018 prediction, preview, betting tips, odds, TV channel, live streaming online, start time, head to head, Group A fixture schedule
Russia vs Saudi Arabia: World Cup 2018 prediction, preview, betting tips, odds, TV channel, live streaming online, start time, head to head, Group A fixture schedule
Russia vs Saudi Arabia: World Cup 2018 prediction, preview, betting tips, odds, TV channel, live streaming online, start time, head to head, Group A fixture schedule
FILE - In this June 22, 1994 file photo, Colombia's Andres Escobar, lies on the ground during a World Cup soccer match against the United States in the Rose Bowl, Pasadena. The US defeated Colombia by 2-1, with Escobar scoring an own-goal. Just a few days later, Escobar was shot dead in his home town of Medellin. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)
WORLD CUP: Escobar murdered after Colombia's exit in 1994
FILE - In this June 22, 1994 file photo, Colombia's Andres Escobar, lies on the ground during a World Cup soccer match against the United States in the Rose Bowl, Pasadena. The US defeated Colombia by 2-1, with Escobar scoring an own-goal. Just a few days later, Escobar was shot dead in his home town of Medellin. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 22, 2018 Russia's Yury Gazinsky during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
FIFA World Cup - Russia Training
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 22, 2018 Russia's Yury Gazinsky during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 22, 2018 Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov and Aleksandr Samedov during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
FIFA World Cup - Russia Training
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 22, 2018 Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov and Aleksandr Samedov during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2018 file photo Nice's head coach Lucien Favre watches the Europa League Round of 32 second leg soccer match between Lokomotiv Moscow and Nice in Moscow, Russia. Borussia Dortmund has signed Lucien Favre as coach from French side Nice. The Bundesliga club says Tuesday, May 22, 2018 the 60-year-old Favre, who previously coached league rivals Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha Berlin, has signed a deal through June 2020. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin.file)
Borussia Dortmund appoints Lucien Favre as coach
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2018 file photo Nice's head coach Lucien Favre watches the Europa League Round of 32 second leg soccer match between Lokomotiv Moscow and Nice in Moscow, Russia. Borussia Dortmund has signed Lucien Favre as coach from French side Nice. The Bundesliga club says Tuesday, May 22, 2018 the 60-year-old Favre, who previously coached league rivals Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha Berlin, has signed a deal through June 2020. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin.file)
Russian central bank deputy chairwoman Olga Skorobogatova holds the newly designed 100-rouble banknotes dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during a news conference in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Russian central bank deputy chairwoman Skorobogatova holds the newly designed 100-rouble banknotes dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during a news conference in Moscow
Russian central bank deputy chairwoman Olga Skorobogatova holds the newly designed 100-rouble banknotes dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during a news conference in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 22, 2018 Russia's Igor Akinfeev during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
FIFA World Cup - Russia Training
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 22, 2018 Russia's Igor Akinfeev during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 22, 2018 Russia's Igor Akinfeev during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
FIFA World Cup - Russia Training
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 22, 2018 Russia's Igor Akinfeev during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 22, 2018 Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov and goalkeeping coach Gintaras Stauce during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
FIFA World Cup - Russia Training
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 22, 2018 Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov and goalkeeping coach Gintaras Stauce during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
The Tottenham striker will wear the armband this summer as the Three Lions prepare to face Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Russia
Kane to captain England at World Cup
The Tottenham striker will wear the armband this summer as the Three Lions prepare to face Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Russia
The Blues talisman won a cup final for his team at the weekend but concedes that he is in need of a rest before travelling to Russia for his country
I need pre-World Cup break after Chelsea FA Cup win - Hazard
The Blues talisman won a cup final for his team at the weekend but concedes that he is in need of a rest before travelling to Russia for his country
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Socceroos' World Cup opponents: The stars and young guns Australia will face in Russia
It's not quite the group of death but the green and gold will face an array of talent in Russia
Easily the hardest way to get to Russia
The Socceroos fan riding his bike to the World Cup
Easily the hardest way to get to Russia
Birds fly over Saint Isaac's Cathedral and the Saint Petersburg Stadium during sunset in St. Petersburg, a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
Birds fly over Saint Isaac's Cathedral and the Saint Petersburg Stadium during sunset in St. Petersburg
Birds fly over Saint Isaac's Cathedral and the Saint Petersburg Stadium during sunset in St. Petersburg, a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
A general view of the Peperoncino restaurant in Kaliningrad, a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zhanna Meyler
A general view of the Peperoncino restaurant in Kaliningrad
A general view of the Peperoncino restaurant in Kaliningrad, a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zhanna Meyler
A general view shows of Peperoncino restaurant in Kaliningrad, a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zhanna Meyler
A general view shows of Peperoncino restaurant in Kaliningrad
A general view shows of Peperoncino restaurant in Kaliningrad, a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zhanna Meyler
A general view shows of Peperoncino restaurant in Kaliningrad, a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zhanna Meyler
A general view shows of Peperoncino restaurant in Kaliningrad
A general view shows of Peperoncino restaurant in Kaliningrad, a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zhanna Meyler
Football Soccer - Argentina's national soccer team training - World Cup 2018 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - May 21, 2018 - Argentina's head coach, Jorge Sampaoli, attends a news conference on his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian
Football Soccer - Argentina's national soccer team
Football Soccer - Argentina's national soccer team training - World Cup 2018 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - May 21, 2018 - Argentina's head coach, Jorge Sampaoli, attends a news conference on his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian
Football Soccer - Argentina's national soccer team training - World Cup 2018 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - May 21, 2018 - Argentina's head coach, Jorge Sampaoli, attends a news conference on his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian
Football Soccer - Argentina's national soccer team
Football Soccer - Argentina's national soccer team training - World Cup 2018 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - May 21, 2018 - Argentina's head coach, Jorge Sampaoli, attends a news conference on his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian
Football Soccer - Argentina's national soccer team training - World Cup 2018 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - May 21, 2018 - Argentina's head coach, Jorge Sampaoli, attends a news conference on his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian
Football Soccer - Argentina's national soccer team
Football Soccer - Argentina's national soccer team training - World Cup 2018 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - May 21, 2018 - Argentina's head coach, Jorge Sampaoli, attends a news conference on his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian
Argentina World Cup squad: Paulo Dybala included but Mauro Icardi misses out on 23-man group for Russia
Argentina World Cup squad: Paulo Dybala included but Mauro Icardi misses out on 23-man group for Russia
Argentina World Cup squad: Paulo Dybala included but Mauro Icardi misses out on 23-man group for Russia
Argentina World Cup squad: Paulo Dybala included but Mauro Icardi misses out on 23-man group for Russia
Argentina World Cup squad: Paulo Dybala included but Mauro Icardi misses out on 23-man group for Russia
Argentina World Cup squad: Paulo Dybala included but Mauro Icardi misses out on 23-man group for Russia
Belgium World Cup squad: Radja Nainggolan's omission puts Roberto Martinez under the microscope before Russia 2018 even begins
Belgium World Cup squad: Radja Nainggolan's omission puts Roberto Martinez under the microscope before Russia 2018 even begins
Belgium World Cup squad: Radja Nainggolan's omission puts Roberto Martinez under the microscope before Russia 2018 even begins
Belgium World Cup squad: Radja Nainggolan's omission puts Roberto Martinez under the microscope before Russia 2018 even begins
Belgium World Cup squad: Radja Nainggolan's omission puts Roberto Martinez under the microscope before Russia 2018 even begins
Belgium World Cup squad: Radja Nainggolan's omission puts Roberto Martinez under the microscope before Russia 2018 even begins
Belgium World Cup squad: Radja Nainggolan's omission puts Roberto Martinez under the microscope before Russia 2018 even begins
Belgium World Cup squad: Radja Nainggolan's omission puts Roberto Martinez under the microscope before Russia 2018 even begins
Belgium World Cup squad: Radja Nainggolan's omission puts Roberto Martinez under the microscope before Russia 2018 even begins
Belgium World Cup squad: Radja Nainggolan's omission puts Roberto Martinez under the microscope before Russia 2018 even begins
Belgium World Cup squad: Radja Nainggolan's omission puts Roberto Martinez under the microscope before Russia 2018 even begins
Belgium World Cup squad: Radja Nainggolan's omission puts Roberto Martinez under the microscope before Russia 2018 even begins
Belgium World Cup squad: Radja Nainggolan's omission puts Roberto Martinez under the microscope before Russia 2018 even begins
Belgium World Cup squad: Radja Nainggolan's omission puts Roberto Martinez under the microscope before Russia 2018 even begins
Belgium World Cup squad: Radja Nainggolan's omission puts Roberto Martinez under the microscope before Russia 2018 even begins
Soccer Football - 2018 FIFA World Cup Draw - State Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia - December 1, 2017 France coach Didier Deschamps and Morocco coach Herve Renard after the draw REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
2018 FIFA World Cup Draw
Soccer Football - 2018 FIFA World Cup Draw - State Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia - December 1, 2017 France coach Didier Deschamps and Morocco coach Herve Renard after the draw REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - 2018 FIFA World Cup Draw - State Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia - December 1, 2017 France coach Didier Deschamps and Morocco coach Herve Renard after the draw REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
2018 FIFA World Cup Draw
Soccer Football - 2018 FIFA World Cup Draw - State Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia - December 1, 2017 France coach Didier Deschamps and Morocco coach Herve Renard after the draw REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
In this photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, people exit the Olympic Sports Center where Panama's soccer team will live during the 2018 World Cup in Saransk, Russia. Russia is trying to wipe its sports reputation clean by hosting the World Cup after years of doping scandals. In the host city of Saransk, a training center notorious for doping abuses and tainted medals will now be the home of Panamas soccer team. (AP Photo/Julia Chestnova)
Russia's doping capital gears up for World Cup
In this photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, people exit the Olympic Sports Center where Panama's soccer team will live during the 2018 World Cup in Saransk, Russia. Russia is trying to wipe its sports reputation clean by hosting the World Cup after years of doping scandals. In the host city of Saransk, a training center notorious for doping abuses and tainted medals will now be the home of Panamas soccer team. (AP Photo/Julia Chestnova)
This photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018 shows a view of the Olympic Sports Center where Panama's soccer team will live during the 2018 World Cup in Saransk, Russia. Russia is trying to wipe its sports reputation clean by hosting the World Cup after years of doping scandals. In the host city of Saransk, a training center notorious for doping abuses and tainted medals will now be the home of Panamas soccer team. (AP Photo/Julia Chestnova)
Russia's doping capital gears up for World Cup
This photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018 shows a view of the Olympic Sports Center where Panama's soccer team will live during the 2018 World Cup in Saransk, Russia. Russia is trying to wipe its sports reputation clean by hosting the World Cup after years of doping scandals. In the host city of Saransk, a training center notorious for doping abuses and tainted medals will now be the home of Panamas soccer team. (AP Photo/Julia Chestnova)
In this photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, a receptionist sits at the reception desk of the Olympic Sports Center where Panama's soccer team will live during the 2018 World Cup in Saransk, Russia. Russia is trying to wipe its sports reputation clean by hosting the World Cup after years of doping scandals. In the host city of Saransk, a training center notorious for doping abuses and tainted medals will now be the home of Panamas soccer team. (AP Photo/Julia Chestnova)
Russia's doping capital gears up for World Cup
In this photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, a receptionist sits at the reception desk of the Olympic Sports Center where Panama's soccer team will live during the 2018 World Cup in Saransk, Russia. Russia is trying to wipe its sports reputation clean by hosting the World Cup after years of doping scandals. In the host city of Saransk, a training center notorious for doping abuses and tainted medals will now be the home of Panamas soccer team. (AP Photo/Julia Chestnova)
This photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, shows an indoor soccer pitch at the Olympic Sports Center in Saransk, Russia. Russia is trying to wipe its sports reputation clean by hosting the World Cup after years of doping scandals. In the host city of Saransk, a training center notorious for doping abuses and tainted medals will now be the home of Panamas soccer team. (AP Photo/Julia Chestnova)
Russia's doping capital gears up for World Cup
This photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018, shows an indoor soccer pitch at the Olympic Sports Center in Saransk, Russia. Russia is trying to wipe its sports reputation clean by hosting the World Cup after years of doping scandals. In the host city of Saransk, a training center notorious for doping abuses and tainted medals will now be the home of Panamas soccer team. (AP Photo/Julia Chestnova)
This photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018 shows a restaurant at the Olympic Sports Center where Panama's soccer team will live during the 2018 World Cup in Saransk, Russia. Russia is trying to wipe its sports reputation clean by hosting the World Cup after years of doping scandals. In the host city of Saransk, a training center notorious for doping abuses and tainted medals will now be the home of Panamas soccer team. (AP Photo/Julia Chestnova)
Russia's doping capital gears up for World Cup
This photo taken on Thursday, May 17, 2018 shows a restaurant at the Olympic Sports Center where Panama's soccer team will live during the 2018 World Cup in Saransk, Russia. Russia is trying to wipe its sports reputation clean by hosting the World Cup after years of doping scandals. In the host city of Saransk, a training center notorious for doping abuses and tainted medals will now be the home of Panamas soccer team. (AP Photo/Julia Chestnova)
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 21, 2018 Russia's Igor Akinfeev, Soslan Dzhanaev and Andrey Lunev during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
FIFA World Cup - Russia Training
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 21, 2018 Russia's Igor Akinfeev, Soslan Dzhanaev and Andrey Lunev during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 21, 2018 Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
FIFA World Cup - Russia Training
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 21, 2018 Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 21, 2018 Russia's Igor Akinfeev, Soslan Dzhanaev and Andrey Lunev during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
FIFA World Cup - Russia Training
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 21, 2018 Russia's Igor Akinfeev, Soslan Dzhanaev and Andrey Lunev during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 21, 2018 Russia's Igor Akinfeev (C) during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
FIFA World Cup - Russia Training
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Russia Training - Neustift, Austria - May 21, 2018 Russia's Igor Akinfeev (C) during training REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Football Soccer - Russia Training - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2017 Russia's Fyodor Smolov during training REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Russia Training - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017
Football Soccer - Russia Training - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2017 Russia's Fyodor Smolov during training REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
The 2018 World Cup ambassador and former Miss Russia has revealed her favourite fooballers on the pitch and when it comes to fashion
Victoria Lopyreva gives her verdict on Messi v Ronaldo and the world’s most handsome footballer
The 2018 World Cup ambassador and former Miss Russia has revealed her favourite fooballers on the pitch and when it comes to fashion
The 2018 World Cup ambassador and former Miss Russia has revealed her favourite fooballers on the pitch and when it comes to fashion
Victoria Lopyreva gives her verdict on Messi v Ronaldo and the world’s most handsome footballer
The 2018 World Cup ambassador and former Miss Russia has revealed her favourite fooballers on the pitch and when it comes to fashion
The 2018 World Cup ambassador and former Miss Russia has revealed her favourite fooballers on the pitch and when it comes to fashion
Victoria Lopyreva gives her verdict on Messi v Ronaldo and the world’s most handsome footballer
The 2018 World Cup ambassador and former Miss Russia has revealed her favourite fooballers on the pitch and when it comes to fashion
The 2018 World Cup ambassador and former Miss Russia has revealed her favourite fooballers on the pitch and when it comes to fashion
Victoria Lopyreva gives her verdict on Messi v Ronaldo and the world’s most handsome footballer
The 2018 World Cup ambassador and former Miss Russia has revealed her favourite fooballers on the pitch and when it comes to fashion
The 2018 World Cup ambassador and former Miss Russia has revealed her favourite fooballers on the pitch and when it comes to fashion
Victoria Lopyreva gives her verdict on Messi v Ronaldo and the world’s most handsome footballer
The 2018 World Cup ambassador and former Miss Russia has revealed her favourite fooballers on the pitch and when it comes to fashion
The 2018 World Cup ambassador and former Miss Russia has revealed her favourite fooballers on the pitch and when it comes to fashion
Victoria Lopyreva gives her verdict on Messi v Ronaldo and the world’s most handsome footballer
The 2018 World Cup ambassador and former Miss Russia has revealed her favourite fooballers on the pitch and when it comes to fashion
The 2018 World Cup ambassador and former Miss Russia has revealed her favourite fooballers on the pitch and when it comes to fashion
Victoria Lopyreva gives her verdict on Messi v Ronaldo and the world’s most handsome footballer
The 2018 World Cup ambassador and former Miss Russia has revealed her favourite fooballers on the pitch and when it comes to fashion
Before the global football fiesta in Russia, some African players have travelled to different parts of the world for fun and relaxation
EXTRA TIME: Aubameyang, Zaha & other African stars begin off-season vacation
Before the global football fiesta in Russia, some African players have travelled to different parts of the world for fun and relaxation
Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez presents his squad for the 2018 Russia World Cup soccer during a media conference at the Belgian Football Center in Tubize, Belgium, on Monday, May 21, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Belgium goes to World Cup without Nainggolan
Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez presents his squad for the 2018 Russia World Cup soccer during a media conference at the Belgian Football Center in Tubize, Belgium, on Monday, May 21, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez presents his squad for the 2018 Russia World Cup soccer during a media conference at the Belgian Football Center in Tubize, Belgium, on Monday, May 21, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Belgium goes to World Cup without Nainggolan
Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez presents his squad for the 2018 Russia World Cup soccer during a media conference at the Belgian Football Center in Tubize, Belgium, on Monday, May 21, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez presents his squad for the 2018 Russia World Cup soccer during a media conference at the Belgian Football Center in Tubize, Belgium, on Monday, May 21, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Belgium goes to World Cup without Nainggolan
Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez presents his squad for the 2018 Russia World Cup soccer during a media conference at the Belgian Football Center in Tubize, Belgium, on Monday, May 21, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez presents his squad for the 2018 Russia World Cup soccer during a media conference at the Belgian Football Center in Tubize, Belgium, on Monday, May 21, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Belgium goes to World Cup without Nainggolan
Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez presents his squad for the 2018 Russia World Cup soccer during a media conference at the Belgian Football Center in Tubize, Belgium, on Monday, May 21, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
FILE - In this Tuesday, March 27, 2018 file photo, Spain's national soccer coach Julen Lopetegui listens to the national anthem during the international friendly soccer match between Spain and Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. Lopetegui has surpassed expectations after stepping into a tricky situation when he took as coach over the Spanish national team two years ago but he has made Spain a top contender again heading into the World Cup in Russia by giving the team a fresh identity and successfully mixing talented youngsters and fading veterans. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)
Alvaro Morata left out of Spain's World Cup squad
FILE - In this Tuesday, March 27, 2018 file photo, Spain's national soccer coach Julen Lopetegui listens to the national anthem during the international friendly soccer match between Spain and Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. Lopetegui has surpassed expectations after stepping into a tricky situation when he took as coach over the Spanish national team two years ago but he has made Spain a top contender again heading into the World Cup in Russia by giving the team a fresh identity and successfully mixing talented youngsters and fading veterans. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)
FILE - In this March 27, 2018 file photo, Spain's national soccer coach Julen Lopetegui reacts during the international friendly soccer match between Spain and Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain. Lopetegui has surpassed expectations after stepping into a tricky situation when he took as coach over the Spanish national team two years ago but he has made Spain a top contender again heading into the World Cup in Russia by giving the team a fresh identity and successfully mixing talented youngsters and fading veterans. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)
Alvaro Morata left out of Spain's World Cup squad
FILE - In this March 27, 2018 file photo, Spain's national soccer coach Julen Lopetegui reacts during the international friendly soccer match between Spain and Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain. Lopetegui has surpassed expectations after stepping into a tricky situation when he took as coach over the Spanish national team two years ago but he has made Spain a top contender again heading into the World Cup in Russia by giving the team a fresh identity and successfully mixing talented youngsters and fading veterans. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)
The Roma midfielder was a surprise omission from Roberto Martinez's roster for the tournament in Russia this summer
Nainggolan retires from Belgium duty after World Cup snub
The Roma midfielder was a surprise omission from Roberto Martinez's roster for the tournament in Russia this summer
Spain World Cup squad: Julen Lopetegui announces 23-man selection for Russia
Spain World Cup squad: Julen Lopetegui announces 23-man selection for Russia
Spain World Cup squad: Julen Lopetegui announces 23-man selection for Russia
Spain World Cup squad: Julen Lopetegui announces 23-man selection for Russia
Spain World Cup squad: Julen Lopetegui announces 23-man selection for Russia
Spain World Cup squad: Julen Lopetegui announces 23-man selection for Russia
Spain World Cup squad: Julen Lopetegui announces 23-man selection for Russia
Spain World Cup squad: Julen Lopetegui announces 23-man selection for Russia
Spain World Cup squad: Julen Lopetegui announces 23-man selection for Russia
FILE - In this July 4, 1954 file photo, West Germany's Helmut Rahn, center with arms raised, celebrates after equalizing in the World Cup soccer final match against Hungary, at Wankdorf Stadium, in Bern, Switzerland. West Germany would go on to win the match 3-2. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/File)
WORLD CUP: West Germans beat Hungary in 'Miracle of Bern'
FILE - In this July 4, 1954 file photo, West Germany's Helmut Rahn, center with arms raised, celebrates after equalizing in the World Cup soccer final match against Hungary, at Wankdorf Stadium, in Bern, Switzerland. West Germany would go on to win the match 3-2. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/File)
The Red Devils will be one of the teams to watch in the tournament in Russia, such is their talented squad and deep pool of players
Belgium's 2018 World Cup squad: Who joins Hazard & Lukaku in tournament panel?
The Red Devils will be one of the teams to watch in the tournament in Russia, such is their talented squad and deep pool of players

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