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World Cup 2018 - LIVE: Latest News And Updates Ahead Of Egypt Vs Uruguay, Morocco Vs Iran And Spain Vs Portugal

Jun 15, 2018

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

We are underway! Russia kicked off their own tournament in style with a 5-0 rout of Saudi Arabia on day one to take the early lead in Group A. Now to day two with Egypt and Uruguay starting us off before Morocco, Iran, Spain and Portugal come to the party in Group B.

We'll also have all the latest from Repino where Gareth Southgate's England are putting in their final preparations ahead of their Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday.

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

Live updates:

2 minutes ago

Opponents Spain have a new manager, former Bolton centre-half and Real Madrid legend Fernando Hierro. Julen Lopotegui (unbeaten as manager) was controversially sacked this week after accepting the Real Madrid job, thus forcing Spain to act quickly to appoint his successor. Hierro's managerial experience consists of 43 games at Real Oviedo in the Segunda Division, and now he is tasked with guiding Spain to another World Cup triumph.

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9 mitutes ago

The game of the day (and probably the first round of fixtures) takes place at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi. European Champions Portugal are scarcely mentioned when discussing contenders for the tournament, which is a little peculiar given their talented squad, recent tournament pedigree and the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo. It would be a surprise, but a win over a team in tumult tonight would be a strong first step.

36 minutes

The Yekaterinburg Arena hosts Egypt-Uruguay today. It is the eastern-most of the World Cup venues and unique in the fact that it is situated in Asian Russia. To boost the capacity of the stadium, the architects have got a little funky: 

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50 minutes

Talking of England, the squad are in the gym this morning ahead of today's training session. It was confirmed on Thursday that Marcus Rashford will return to full training today after overcoming a minor knee injury.

52 minutes

If you haven't already caught up, may I recommend the Indy Football Podcast, available through various channels (iTunes, acast, etc.). There will be a brand new episode every day throughout the World Cup - today's episode features Ed Malyon and Mark Critchley talking about their experience of the first game, as well as an update from England's camp in Repino from Jack Pitt-Brooke. Well worth a listen.

57 minutes

Somewhat bizarrely, it was Robbie Williams who began the tournament, cranking out all the hits as the centrepiece of the opening ceremony (though strangely not performing "Party Like a Russian"). Williams still managed to land himself in hot water, however, a one-fingered salute during "Rock DJ" forcing Fox to apologise. Maybe he should have confined the gesture to the "Rudebox"...

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