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A modern day legend will be hoping to emulate the achievements of an iconic fellow countryman by securing World Cup glory in Russia this summer
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A modern day legend will be hoping to emulate the achievements of an iconic fellow countryman by securing World Cup glory in Russia this summer
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, demonstrates his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas demonstrates his 2018 World Cup fan ID during an interview outside Moscow
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, demonstrates his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, poses for a picture with his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. Picture taken May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas poses for a picture with his 2018 World Cup fan ID during an interview outside Moscow
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, poses for a picture with his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. Picture taken May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, stands near a football ground while wearing his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. Picture taken May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas wears his 2018 World Cup fan ID during an interview outside Moscow
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, stands near a football ground while wearing his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. Picture taken May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, stands near a football ground while wearing his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. Picture taken May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas wears his 2018 World Cup fan ID during an interview outside Moscow
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, stands near a football ground while wearing his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. Picture taken May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, poses for a picture with his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas poses for a picture with his 2018 World Cup fan ID during an interview outside Moscow
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, poses for a picture with his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, smokes a cigarette while wearing his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas wears his 2018 World Cup fan ID during an interview outside Moscow
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, smokes a cigarette while wearing his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, stands near a football ground while wearing his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. Picture taken May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas wears his 2018 World Cup fan ID during an interview outside Moscow
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, stands near a football ground while wearing his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. Picture taken May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, demonstrates his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. Picture taken May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas demonstrates his 2018 World Cup fan ID during an interview outside Moscow
Soccer fan Pavel Cherkas, who was blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behaviour at a stadium, demonstrates his 2018 World Cup fan ID, which was granted to Cherkas and later revoked, during an interview outside Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018. Picture taken May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
FILE - The July 4, 1990 file photo shows England's Paul Gascoigne crying as he is escorted off the field by team captain Terry Butcher, after England lost a penalty shoot-out in the World Cup semifinal soccer match against West Germany in Turin, Italy. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Roberto Pfeil, File)
WORLD CUP: Gazza's tears help relaunch English soccer
FILE - The July 4, 1990 file photo shows England's Paul Gascoigne crying as he is escorted off the field by team captain Terry Butcher, after England lost a penalty shoot-out in the World Cup semifinal soccer match against West Germany in Turin, Italy. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Roberto Pfeil, File)
World Cup 2018 schedule: All the groups, fixtures, kick-off times and venues for the tournament in Russia
World Cup 2018 schedule: All the groups, fixtures, kick-off times and venues for the tournament in Russia
World Cup 2018 schedule: All the groups, fixtures, kick-off times and venues for the tournament in Russia
World Cup 2018 schedule: All the groups, fixtures, kick-off times and venues for the tournament in Russia
World Cup 2018 schedule: All the groups, fixtures, kick-off times and venues for the tournament in Russia
World Cup 2018 schedule: All the groups, fixtures, kick-off times and venues for the tournament in Russia
World Cup 2018 schedule: All the groups, fixtures, kick-off times and venues for the tournament in Russia
World Cup 2018 schedule: All the groups, fixtures, kick-off times and venues for the tournament in Russia
World Cup 2018 schedule: All the groups, fixtures, kick-off times and venues for the tournament in Russia
The ex-Eagles midfielder has clamoured for the inclusion of the Arsenal star on the list of players that will represent Nigeria in Russia
Mutiu Adepoju desires Kelechi Nwakali in Russia bound Super Eagles
The ex-Eagles midfielder has clamoured for the inclusion of the Arsenal star on the list of players that will represent Nigeria in Russia
Brazil's Neymar, left, and Gabriel Jesus play around during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil tests Willian up front with Neymar and Jesus
Brazil's Neymar, left, and Gabriel Jesus play around during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil's Neymar, center, Philippe Coutinho, left, and Miranda fight for the ball during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil tests Willian up front with Neymar and Jesus
Brazil's Neymar, center, Philippe Coutinho, left, and Miranda fight for the ball during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil's Neymar, right, and Thiago Silva play around during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil tests Willian up front with Neymar and Jesus
Brazil's Neymar, right, and Thiago Silva play around during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil's Neymar controls the ball during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil tests Willian up front with Neymar and Jesus
Brazil's Neymar controls the ball during a practice session of the Brazilian national soccer team ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez pose with national soccer team coach Jose Pekerman, captain Radamel Falcao and other members of the team during a ceremony handing the Colombian flag to national soccer team's captain at the Presidential Palace, prior to the national team's participation in the World Cup in Russia, in Bogota, Colombia, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Romero
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez pose with national soccer team coach Jose Pekerman, captain Radamel Falcao and other members of the team in Bogota
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez pose with national soccer team coach Jose Pekerman, captain Radamel Falcao and other members of the team during a ceremony handing the Colombian flag to national soccer team's captain at the Presidential Palace, prior to the national team's participation in the World Cup in Russia, in Bogota, Colombia, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Romero
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez hand the Colombian flag to national soccer team's captain Radamel Falcao, during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace, prior to the national team's participation in the World Cup in Russia, in Bogota, Colombia, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Romero
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez hand the Colombian flag to national soccer team's captain Radamel Falcao, during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Bogota
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez hand the Colombian flag to national soccer team's captain Radamel Falcao, during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace, prior to the national team's participation in the World Cup in Russia, in Bogota, Colombia, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Romero
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez hand the Colombian flag to national soccer team's captain Radamel Falcao, during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace, prior to the national team's participation in the World Cup in Russia, in Bogota, Colombia, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Romero
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez hand the Colombian flag to national soccer team's captain Radamel Falcao, during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Bogota
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez hand the Colombian flag to national soccer team's captain Radamel Falcao, during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace, prior to the national team's participation in the World Cup in Russia, in Bogota, Colombia, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Romero
If sacrifice is a selection criteria in the Socceroos' final world cup squad, then Josh Risdon should be on the plane to Russia after he delayed his honeymoon to make it to a training camp.
Josh Risdon rushes from wedding to Socceroos training camp
If sacrifice is a selection criteria in the Socceroos' final world cup squad, then Josh Risdon should be on the plane to Russia after he delayed his honeymoon to make it to a training camp.
If sacrifice is a selection criteria in the Socceroos' final world cup squad, then Josh Risdon should be on the plane to Russia after he delayed his honeymoon to make it to a training camp.
Josh Risdon rushes from wedding to Socceroos training camp
If sacrifice is a selection criteria in the Socceroos' final world cup squad, then Josh Risdon should be on the plane to Russia after he delayed his honeymoon to make it to a training camp.
If sacrifice is a selection criteria in the Socceroos' final world cup squad, then Josh Risdon should be on the plane to Russia after he delayed his honeymoon to make it to a training camp.
Josh Risdon rushes from wedding to Socceroos training camp
If sacrifice is a selection criteria in the Socceroos' final world cup squad, then Josh Risdon should be on the plane to Russia after he delayed his honeymoon to make it to a training camp.
If sacrifice is a selection criteria in the Socceroos' final world cup squad, then Josh Risdon should be on the plane to Russia after he delayed his honeymoon to make it to a training camp.
Josh Risdon rushes from wedding to Socceroos training camp
If sacrifice is a selection criteria in the Socceroos' final world cup squad, then Josh Risdon should be on the plane to Russia after he delayed his honeymoon to make it to a training camp.
If sacrifice is a selection criteria in the Socceroos' final world cup squad, then Josh Risdon should be on the plane to Russia after he delayed his honeymoon to make it to a training camp.
Josh Risdon rushes from wedding to Socceroos training camp
If sacrifice is a selection criteria in the Socceroos' final world cup squad, then Josh Risdon should be on the plane to Russia after he delayed his honeymoon to make it to a training camp.
The Arsenal defender is on the mend after suffering an unfortunate Achilles injury which ruled him out of France's bid for global glory in Russia.
Koscielny reveals 'television, crosswords and Nintendo' to be remedy to 'excruciating' World Cup heartache
The Arsenal defender is on the mend after suffering an unfortunate Achilles injury which ruled him out of France's bid for global glory in Russia.
The Bayern Munich goalkeeper has not played for club or country since last September, but is expected to be ready for duty in Russia this summer
Germany boss Low upbeat over Neuer's World Cup hopes
The Bayern Munich goalkeeper has not played for club or country since last September, but is expected to be ready for duty in Russia this summer
FILE - In this June 25, 1982 file photo, Algerian soccer fans show money to photographers, in Gijon, Spain, after the World Cup soccer match between West Germany and Austria, one of the most controversial in World Cup history. West Germany beat Austria 1-0, a result that meant both teams progressed to the next round at Algeria's expense. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/File)
WORLD CUP: Cynicism wins as West Germany beats Austria
FILE - In this June 25, 1982 file photo, Algerian soccer fans show money to photographers, in Gijon, Spain, after the World Cup soccer match between West Germany and Austria, one of the most controversial in World Cup history. West Germany beat Austria 1-0, a result that meant both teams progressed to the next round at Algeria's expense. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/File)
Out of the World Cup: Veteran forward Lee Keun-Ho has withdrawn from South Korea's squad for Russia after a knee injury (AFP Photo/JUNG YEON-JE)
Out of the World Cup: Veteran forward Lee Keun-Ho has withdrawn from South Korea's squad for Russia after a knee injury
Out of the World Cup: Veteran forward Lee Keun-Ho has withdrawn from South Korea's squad for Russia after a knee injury (AFP Photo/JUNG YEON-JE)
The England midfielder is excited for what is awaiting him this summer in Russia, and doesn't think the magnitude of the moment will be an issue
'I won't be intimidated' - Loftus-Cheek ready for World Cup pressure
The England midfielder is excited for what is awaiting him this summer in Russia, and doesn't think the magnitude of the moment will be an issue
The Manchester United netminder will not feature in Russia after a knee problem forced him to withdraw from the squad
'We've lost a leader' - Mascherano gutted for injured Argentina keeper Romero
The Manchester United netminder will not feature in Russia after a knee problem forced him to withdraw from the squad
Javier Mascherano, right, and Marcos Rojo attend a training session with the Argentine national soccer squad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Argentina will face Haiti on May 29 in an international friendly soccer match ahead of the FIFA Russia World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Mascherano: Argentina has to regain confidence at World Cup
Javier Mascherano, right, and Marcos Rojo attend a training session with the Argentine national soccer squad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Argentina will face Haiti on May 29 in an international friendly soccer match ahead of the FIFA Russia World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Javier Mascherano, right, Cristian Ansaldi, center, and teammates train with the Argentine national soccer squad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Argentina will face Haiti on May 29 in an international friendly soccer match ahead of the FIFA Russia World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Mascherano: Argentina has to regain confidence at World Cup
Javier Mascherano, right, Cristian Ansaldi, center, and teammates train with the Argentine national soccer squad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Argentina will face Haiti on May 29 in an international friendly soccer match ahead of the FIFA Russia World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Javier Mascherano, right, talks with teammate Lucas Biglia during a training session with the Argentine national soccer squad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Argentina will face Haiti on May 29 in an international friendly soccer match ahead of the FIFA Russia World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Mascherano: Argentina has to regain confidence at World Cup
Javier Mascherano, right, talks with teammate Lucas Biglia during a training session with the Argentine national soccer squad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Argentina will face Haiti on May 29 in an international friendly soccer match ahead of the FIFA Russia World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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)
Javier Mascherano, right, Cristian Ansaldi, center, and teammates train with the Argentine national soccer squad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Argentina will face Haiti on May 29 in an international friendly soccer match ahead of the FIFA Russia World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Mascherano: Argentina has to regain confidence at World Cup
Javier Mascherano, right, Cristian Ansaldi, center, and teammates train with the Argentine national soccer squad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Argentina will face Haiti on May 29 in an international friendly soccer match ahead of the FIFA Russia World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Javier Mascherano, right, talks with teammate Lucas Biglia during a training session with the Argentine national soccer squad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Argentina will face Haiti on May 29 in an international friendly soccer match ahead of the FIFA Russia World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Mascherano: Argentina has to regain confidence at World Cup
Javier Mascherano, right, talks with teammate Lucas Biglia during a training session with the Argentine national soccer squad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Argentina will face Haiti on May 29 in an international friendly soccer match ahead of the FIFA Russia World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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
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

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