For a full month across June and July the TV and radio schedules will be packed with football (sometimes up to four games a day) with many of the most celebrated sporting names in world performing on the biggest stage of all. Expect to see magic from the likes of Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Neymar of Brazil, Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo, Uruguay’s Luis Suárez, French superstar Kylian Mbappé and England’s very own Harry Kane to name but a few.
How can I watch the World Cup on TV and online?
Every game of World Cup 2018 will be available to watch on TV in the UK on either BBC or ITV.
The BBC TV coveragewill be fronted by former England star Gary Lineker with Gabby Logan reporting from inside the England camp and further coverage from Dan Walker.
The coverage will be complemented by contributions from former England players including Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Neville, Jermaine Jenas and Alex Scott. Other studio guests will include World Cup winners such as Jurgen Klinsmann, Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta.
Jordan Pickford (Everton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Nick Pope (Burnley).
Ashley Young (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), John Stones (Manchester City), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).
Harry Kane (Tottenham)[England Captain], Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).
Is Marcus Rashford injured?
The Manchester United player suffered “a slight knock” in training, according to manager Gareth Southgate. It’s thought that it’s not a serious injury and it won’t affect the England squad or team choices ahead of the first game against Tunisia.
Rashford returned to squad training on Saturday, suggesting he will be fit for selection for England’s opening match on Monday.
Gareth Southgate has now announced which player will wear what number during the Russia 2018 World Cup Campaign. Despite having only a few England caps to his name, Everton Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been give the converted number one shirt, suggesting he will be the England manger’s first choice between the posts in the opening game against Tunisia.
England Captain Harry Kane is given the number nine shirt, despite being best known to Tottenham fans as number ten for his club. The ten shirt is given to Manchester City forward, Raheem Sterling.
Here’s the full squad’s shirt number (and the club they play for):
1 Jordan Pickford (Everton)
2 Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
3 Danny Rose (Tottenham)
4 Eric Dier (Tottenham)
5 John Stones (Manchester City)
6 Harry Maguire (Leicester)
7 Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)
8 Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
9 Harry Kane (Tottenham – England Captain)
10 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
11 Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
12 Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)
13 Jack Butland (Stoke)
14 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)
15 Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
16 Phil Jones (Manchester United)
17 Fabian Delph (Manchester City)
18 Ashley Young (Manchester United)
19 Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
20 Dele Alli (Tottenham)
21 Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)
22 Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
23 Nick Pope (Burnley)
Do you have a list of all the other national team squads?
Who is going to win the World Cup? What are England’s chances?
Before a ball has been kicked in the tournament, the favourites with the bookies are Brazil and Germany, with France, Spain and Argentina all also seen as good bets. England are 7th favourites to lift the title 52 years after their only World Cup win – so at the moment, the bookmakers aren’t particularly hopeful that Harry Kane and the third youngest ever England squad will prevail – but that could all change once the matches get underway.
When did the World Cup start?
World Cup 2018 kicked off on Thursday 14th June in Moscow with a game between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia. Russia began the tournament in style with a 5-0 over a poor Saudi Arabia side.
Why aren’t Italy in the World Cup?
Italy were one of the biggest teams in world football not to qualify for the tournament.
They finished second in their qualifying group (behind Spain) and had to play-off against Sweden over two legs. They lost the first leg in Sweden 1-0 and drew the second leg at home 0-0 meaning they lost 1-0 on aggregate. Therefore they failed to get to the World Cup in Russia, but Sweden did.
Are Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup?
Sadly not. None of the nations of the British Isles beyond England qualified for the tournament in Russia.
What’s happening with the Spain manager? Why has he been sacked?
Just a day before the World Cup starts, and two days before their Iberian derby against Portugal, the Spanish football authorities have sacked their national manager Julen Lopetegui in protest at him negotiating to become the new manager of Real Madrid without them being fully informed.
“I know it’s a very difficult situation. I know there’s going to be criticism whatever I do,” said Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales.
“I’m sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision.
“You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision.”
How does VAR work in the World Cup?
For more information on exactly how the video referee will work in Russia 2018, click here.
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