World Cup 2018 – live updates: Latest news and highlights as England fly out to Russia

The 2018 World Cup is nearly here with the eyes of the globe turning towards Russia.

It promises to be an action-packed, drama-filled month as 736 players from 32 nations arrive for a feast of football. Brazil, Spain and Germany arrive as tournament favourites with Gareth Southgate‘s England heading in with plenty of hope if not much expectation. They face Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday before taking on Panama and Belgium in Group G.

They jet out to their training base in Repino later today with the tournament kicking off in earnest on Thursday afternoon when the hosts face Saudi Arabia.

We will have all the latest news, views, pictures and video direct from Russia throughout the day as we build up to the biggest football tournament in the world.

Live Updates

The Portugal squad have been enjoying a training session in Kratovo this morning, where Cristiano Ronaldo has been showing off his skills – imagine how annoyed he’s going to be when he realises none of his teammates are watching.



The European champions kick-off their World Cup campaign against the 2010 winners, Spain, on Friday in Sochi.

The World Cup is two days away and England’s captain has spoken…


Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has played down injury fears over Eden Hazard after the Chelsea player limped out of Monday’s 4-1 friendly win over Costa Rica.

Hazard, Belgium’s captain, hobbled off in the 70th minute after taking a blow to the foot, but Martinez says the injury is not serious.

“Eden is okay, he had a little trouble, but it’s nothing to worry about,” Martinez said in his post-match press conference. “I really enjoyed his performance. He was sharp and strong, he was majestic.”

Here’s England‘s official World Cup photo.


They head off for Russia later today.


Good morning and welcome to today’s Independent World Cup blog.


The 2018 Fifa World Cup kicks off in Moscow in just a matter of days with excitement building ahead of the biggest football tournament on the planet.

We’ll bring you all the latest news on that plus all the best pictures and video from Russia throughout the day right here so don’t touch that dial.
Without further ado, off we go.


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