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Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second half blitz sees off Egypt
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second half blitz sees off Egypt
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second half blitz sees off Egypt
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second half blitz sees off Egypt
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second half blitz sees off Egypt
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second half blitz sees off Egypt
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second half blitz sees off Egypt
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second half blitz sees off Egypt
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second half blitz sees off Egypt
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Arsenal have signed goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday evening. Leno, 26, moves to the Gunners as new head coach Unai Emery continues his rebuilding plans. "After a fantastic seven years, I will now continue my career in another, very exciting league," Leno said on the Leverkusen website. A statement on the Leverkusen website said Leno had "signed a long-term contract with the London club", adding Arsenal had "accepted the Leverkusen transfer conditions". Leverkusen sporting director Jonas Boldt said: "We brought Bernd in 2011 as a very young keeper and immediately gave him great responsibility. He has given us back this confidence in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League. He's a keeper ��#HeyLenopic.twitter.com/iGDIhOt5Ah— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 19 June 2018 "Bernd has consistently performed well for our club over the years and has become a national player here. A great goalkeeper - we wish him all the best for the coming years at Arsenal." Leno looks set to compete with veteran Petr Cech and David Ospina, who is at the World Cup with Colombia, for the Arsenal jersey. Arsenal soon confirmed the Leno deal, head coach Emery describing him as "a goalkeeper of high quality and experience". The Spaniard, who replaced long-serving manager Arsene Wenger earlier in the summer, said on the club's official website: "He has been a top performer and regular number one goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years. Torreira puff "We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal Football Club and look forward to start working with him in pre-season." Arsenal added that the German's shirt number "will be announced in due course". Arsenal are pressing ahead with their summer business at pace, having already secured deals for experienced defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The club are also close to agreeing terms with Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, who is currently at the World Cup with Uruguay.
Arsenal sign goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen
Arsenal have signed goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday evening. Leno, 26, moves to the Gunners as new head coach Unai Emery continues his rebuilding plans. "After a fantastic seven years, I will now continue my career in another, very exciting league," Leno said on the Leverkusen website. A statement on the Leverkusen website said Leno had "signed a long-term contract with the London club", adding Arsenal had "accepted the Leverkusen transfer conditions". Leverkusen sporting director Jonas Boldt said: "We brought Bernd in 2011 as a very young keeper and immediately gave him great responsibility. He has given us back this confidence in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League. He's a keeper ��#HeyLenopic.twitter.com/iGDIhOt5Ah— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 19 June 2018 "Bernd has consistently performed well for our club over the years and has become a national player here. A great goalkeeper - we wish him all the best for the coming years at Arsenal." Leno looks set to compete with veteran Petr Cech and David Ospina, who is at the World Cup with Colombia, for the Arsenal jersey. Arsenal soon confirmed the Leno deal, head coach Emery describing him as "a goalkeeper of high quality and experience". The Spaniard, who replaced long-serving manager Arsene Wenger earlier in the summer, said on the club's official website: "He has been a top performer and regular number one goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years. Torreira puff "We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal Football Club and look forward to start working with him in pre-season." Arsenal added that the German's shirt number "will be announced in due course". Arsenal are pressing ahead with their summer business at pace, having already secured deals for experienced defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The club are also close to agreeing terms with Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, who is currently at the World Cup with Uruguay.
Hirving Lozano tampil memikat saat Meksiko mengalahkan Jerman 1-0.
Pelatih Meksiko Sebut Hirving Lozano Pantas Bermain di Premier League
Hirving Lozano tampil memikat saat Meksiko mengalahkan Jerman 1-0.
Bernd Leno wechselt zur neuen Saison von Bayer 04 Leverkusen zum FC Arsenal. Der deutsche Nationalkeeper soll dank einer Ausstiegsklausel rund 25 Millionen Euro kosten und einen Fünfjahresvertrag erhalten.
Premier League: 25 Millionen! Leno-Wechsel zu Arsenal fix
Bernd Leno wechselt zur neuen Saison von Bayer 04 Leverkusen zum FC Arsenal. Der deutsche Nationalkeeper soll dank einer Ausstiegsklausel rund 25 Millionen Euro kosten und einen Fünfjahresvertrag erhalten.
The Germany international will be turning out in the Premier League next season after linking up with Unai Emery's side at Emirates Stadium
Leno completes €22m Arsenal move from Leverkusen as Gunners bolster goalkeeping ranks
The Germany international will be turning out in the Premier League next season after linking up with Unai Emery's side at Emirates Stadium
 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia vs Egypt, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates as Mo Salah starts
7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
The 21-year-old defender will be playing in the Premier League next season after the Hammers signed the France U21 international from Toulouse
West Ham land Diop in club-record £21.9m deal
The 21-year-old defender will be playing in the Premier League next season after the Hammers signed the France U21 international from Toulouse
Issa Diop will be playing in the Premier League in the 2018-19 season after West Ham signed the defender from Toulouse.
West Ham land club-record Diop signing
Issa Diop will be playing in the Premier League in the 2018-19 season after West Ham signed the defender from Toulouse.
Steve Bould will continue as assistant Arsenal manager under Arsene Wenger's successor Unai Emery, the Premier League club have announced. Emery was named Arsenal boss in May, giving the Gunners a first new manager in almost 22 years, since Wenger's appointment in October 1996. Bould was named assistant to Wenger in May 2012, after the retirement of the long-serving Pat Rice, and continues as one of two assistant head coaches under Emery. Juan Carlos Carcedo, Emery's long-time assistant, will be alongside him in the dugout. Bould's position in Emery's backroom staff provides some continuity from the Wenger era. Jens Lehmann's departure has been confirmed Credit: getty images Director of high performance Darren Burgess and goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo, both of whom were appointed in July 2017, remain in place. The Gunners confirmed the departures of first-team coaches Neil Banfield, Tony Colbert, Jens Lehmann, Gerry Peyton and Boro Primorac and head of medical services Colin Lewin. Lehmann showed his frustration at the club's decision on Twitter, claiming the "attitude of the 2004-group [Invincibles] is not needed there anymore." Dear #Arsenal Fans , I am sorry to leave the club after only one year again. It was a good experience working with the players as one of the assistant-coaches. But the attitude from our 2004-group is not needed there anymore.— Jens Lehmann (@jenslehmann) June 19, 2018 Physiotherapists Andy Rolls and Ben Ashworth, osteopath Dr Philippe Boixel and travel manager Paul Johnson have also left the club. First-team coach Pablo Villanueva, strength and conditioning coach Julen Masach, goalkeeping coach Javi Garcia and data/video analyst Victor Manas complete Emery's staff.
Steve Bould to stay on as Arsenal assistant while Jens Lehmann leaves club
Steve Bould will continue as assistant Arsenal manager under Arsene Wenger's successor Unai Emery, the Premier League club have announced. Emery was named Arsenal boss in May, giving the Gunners a first new manager in almost 22 years, since Wenger's appointment in October 1996. Bould was named assistant to Wenger in May 2012, after the retirement of the long-serving Pat Rice, and continues as one of two assistant head coaches under Emery. Juan Carlos Carcedo, Emery's long-time assistant, will be alongside him in the dugout. Bould's position in Emery's backroom staff provides some continuity from the Wenger era. Jens Lehmann's departure has been confirmed Credit: getty images Director of high performance Darren Burgess and goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo, both of whom were appointed in July 2017, remain in place. The Gunners confirmed the departures of first-team coaches Neil Banfield, Tony Colbert, Jens Lehmann, Gerry Peyton and Boro Primorac and head of medical services Colin Lewin. Lehmann showed his frustration at the club's decision on Twitter, claiming the "attitude of the 2004-group [Invincibles] is not needed there anymore." Dear #Arsenal Fans , I am sorry to leave the club after only one year again. It was a good experience working with the players as one of the assistant-coaches. But the attitude from our 2004-group is not needed there anymore.— Jens Lehmann (@jenslehmann) June 19, 2018 Physiotherapists Andy Rolls and Ben Ashworth, osteopath Dr Philippe Boixel and travel manager Paul Johnson have also left the club. First-team coach Pablo Villanueva, strength and conditioning coach Julen Masach, goalkeeping coach Javi Garcia and data/video analyst Victor Manas complete Emery's staff.
Steve Bould will continue as assistant Arsenal manager under Arsene Wenger's successor Unai Emery, the Premier League club have announced. Emery was named Arsenal boss in May, giving the Gunners a first new manager in almost 22 years, since Wenger's appointment in October 1996. Bould was named assistant to Wenger in May 2012, after the retirement of the long-serving Pat Rice, and continues as one of two assistant head coaches under Emery. Juan Carlos Carcedo, Emery's long-time assistant, will be alongside him in the dugout. Bould's position in Emery's backroom staff provides some continuity from the Wenger era. Jens Lehmann's departure has been confirmed Credit: getty images Director of high performance Darren Burgess and goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo, both of whom were appointed in July 2017, remain in place. The Gunners confirmed the departures of first-team coaches Neil Banfield, Tony Colbert, Jens Lehmann, Gerry Peyton and Boro Primorac and head of medical services Colin Lewin. Lehmann showed his frustration at the club's decision on Twitter, claiming the "attitude of the 2004-group [Invincibles] is not needed there anymore." Dear #Arsenal Fans , I am sorry to leave the club after only one year again. It was a good experience working with the players as one of the assistant-coaches. But the attitude from our 2004-group is not needed there anymore.— Jens Lehmann (@jenslehmann) June 19, 2018 Physiotherapists Andy Rolls and Ben Ashworth, osteopath Dr Philippe Boixel and travel manager Paul Johnson have also left the club. First-team coach Pablo Villanueva, strength and conditioning coach Julen Masach, goalkeeping coach Javi Garcia and data/video analyst Victor Manas complete Emery's staff.
Steve Bould to stay on as Arsenal assistant while Jens Lehmann leaves club
Steve Bould will continue as assistant Arsenal manager under Arsene Wenger's successor Unai Emery, the Premier League club have announced. Emery was named Arsenal boss in May, giving the Gunners a first new manager in almost 22 years, since Wenger's appointment in October 1996. Bould was named assistant to Wenger in May 2012, after the retirement of the long-serving Pat Rice, and continues as one of two assistant head coaches under Emery. Juan Carlos Carcedo, Emery's long-time assistant, will be alongside him in the dugout. Bould's position in Emery's backroom staff provides some continuity from the Wenger era. Jens Lehmann's departure has been confirmed Credit: getty images Director of high performance Darren Burgess and goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo, both of whom were appointed in July 2017, remain in place. The Gunners confirmed the departures of first-team coaches Neil Banfield, Tony Colbert, Jens Lehmann, Gerry Peyton and Boro Primorac and head of medical services Colin Lewin. Lehmann showed his frustration at the club's decision on Twitter, claiming the "attitude of the 2004-group [Invincibles] is not needed there anymore." Dear #Arsenal Fans , I am sorry to leave the club after only one year again. It was a good experience working with the players as one of the assistant-coaches. But the attitude from our 2004-group is not needed there anymore.— Jens Lehmann (@jenslehmann) June 19, 2018 Physiotherapists Andy Rolls and Ben Ashworth, osteopath Dr Philippe Boixel and travel manager Paul Johnson have also left the club. First-team coach Pablo Villanueva, strength and conditioning coach Julen Masach, goalkeeping coach Javi Garcia and data/video analyst Victor Manas complete Emery's staff.
Aaron Mooy said, " "I'm very happy at Huddersfield. It's a great club for me so I'm happy to be a Huddersfield player."
Premier League: Aaron Mooy plays down suggestions of leaving Huddersfield, says he is 'very happy' at club
Aaron Mooy said, " "I'm very happy at Huddersfield. It's a great club for me so I'm happy to be a Huddersfield player."
England's 2018 squad will play Panama on Sunday off the back of a strong win in their first World Cup game against Tunisia. When Gareth Southgate revealed his 23-man squad in May much of the focus landed on Adam Lallana, the big-name omission, who had to make do with the standby list. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop. “It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 Who made England's 23-man squad? Here's who will feature in England's World Cup squad: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea). Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal). Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley). Gareth Southgate decided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere at home and has picked a squad heavily-loaded with defenders, reflective of his desire to play with three centre-backs and wing-backs. Trent-Alexander-Arnold could win his first England in Russia while the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek also speaks to Southgate's bold approach. Harry Kane will captain the side. Who is in your starting team? England Formation Builder Who is in England's group? England are in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Belgium: One of the favourites for the competition with a dazzling array of talent. England will be familiar with most of their key players: Thibuat Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, all play in the Premier League. England's toughest opponent by a distance. Tunisia: Potentially tricky opposition who will look to frustrate England. Were unbeaten in qualifying and Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri could be a danger man. Nevertheless, a team England should beat if they have aspirations to reach the latter stages. Panama: One of the stories of the tournament, having qualified for the finals for the first time in dramatic fashion. England will be heavy favorites to swat them aside. When do England play? Monday June 18 - Tunisia 1 England 2 Sunday June 24 England vs Panama (Nizhny Novgorod), 1pm BST. Thursday June 28 England vs Belgium (Kaliningrad), 7pm BST. Should England progress from their group, their last-16 match will be on Monday July 2 (if they win the group) or Tuesday July 2 (if they finish runners-up in the group). Should England progress beyond that stage, their quarter-final will either be: Friday 6 July Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm BST. OR Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm BST. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the rest... Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm BST. Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm BST. Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm BST. Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm BST. How will England line-up - and what are their tactics? JJ Bull explains how crucial the wing-backs will be to Gareth Southgate's campaign in Russia. What happened in 2014? England were eliminated in the group stages with just one point and two goals to show from their two games. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game despite an encouraging performance, before Luis Suarez's goal confirmed their exit in the second match against Uruguay. A dead rubber against Costa Rica finished goalless. What is Gareth Southgate saying? “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season. “Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season, but I just felt the others were ahead of him. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues. “All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.” And here is how the squad was announced on May 16: 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England World Cup 2018 guide: Fixtures, squad news, next matches and group analysis
England's 2018 squad will play Panama on Sunday off the back of a strong win in their first World Cup game against Tunisia. When Gareth Southgate revealed his 23-man squad in May much of the focus landed on Adam Lallana, the big-name omission, who had to make do with the standby list. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop. “It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 Who made England's 23-man squad? Here's who will feature in England's World Cup squad: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea). Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal). Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley). Gareth Southgate decided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere at home and has picked a squad heavily-loaded with defenders, reflective of his desire to play with three centre-backs and wing-backs. Trent-Alexander-Arnold could win his first England in Russia while the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek also speaks to Southgate's bold approach. Harry Kane will captain the side. Who is in your starting team? England Formation Builder Who is in England's group? England are in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Belgium: One of the favourites for the competition with a dazzling array of talent. England will be familiar with most of their key players: Thibuat Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, all play in the Premier League. England's toughest opponent by a distance. Tunisia: Potentially tricky opposition who will look to frustrate England. Were unbeaten in qualifying and Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri could be a danger man. Nevertheless, a team England should beat if they have aspirations to reach the latter stages. Panama: One of the stories of the tournament, having qualified for the finals for the first time in dramatic fashion. England will be heavy favorites to swat them aside. When do England play? Monday June 18 - Tunisia 1 England 2 Sunday June 24 England vs Panama (Nizhny Novgorod), 1pm BST. Thursday June 28 England vs Belgium (Kaliningrad), 7pm BST. Should England progress from their group, their last-16 match will be on Monday July 2 (if they win the group) or Tuesday July 2 (if they finish runners-up in the group). Should England progress beyond that stage, their quarter-final will either be: Friday 6 July Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm BST. OR Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm BST. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the rest... Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm BST. Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm BST. Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm BST. Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm BST. How will England line-up - and what are their tactics? JJ Bull explains how crucial the wing-backs will be to Gareth Southgate's campaign in Russia. What happened in 2014? England were eliminated in the group stages with just one point and two goals to show from their two games. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game despite an encouraging performance, before Luis Suarez's goal confirmed their exit in the second match against Uruguay. A dead rubber against Costa Rica finished goalless. What is Gareth Southgate saying? “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season. “Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season, but I just felt the others were ahead of him. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues. “All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.” And here is how the squad was announced on May 16: 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England's 2018 squad will play Panama on Sunday off the back of a strong win in their first World Cup game against Tunisia. When Gareth Southgate revealed his 23-man squad in May much of the focus landed on Adam Lallana, the big-name omission, who had to make do with the standby list. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop. “It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 Who made England's 23-man squad? Here's who will feature in England's World Cup squad: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea). Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal). Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley). Gareth Southgate decided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere at home and has picked a squad heavily-loaded with defenders, reflective of his desire to play with three centre-backs and wing-backs. Trent-Alexander-Arnold could win his first England in Russia while the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek also speaks to Southgate's bold approach. Harry Kane will captain the side. Who is in your starting team? England Formation Builder Who is in England's group? England are in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Belgium: One of the favourites for the competition with a dazzling array of talent. England will be familiar with most of their key players: Thibuat Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, all play in the Premier League. England's toughest opponent by a distance. Tunisia: Potentially tricky opposition who will look to frustrate England. Were unbeaten in qualifying and Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri could be a danger man. Nevertheless, a team England should beat if they have aspirations to reach the latter stages. Panama: One of the stories of the tournament, having qualified for the finals for the first time in dramatic fashion. England will be heavy favorites to swat them aside. When do England play? Monday June 18 - Tunisia 1 England 2 Sunday June 24 England vs Panama (Nizhny Novgorod), 1pm BST. Thursday June 28 England vs Belgium (Kaliningrad), 7pm BST. Should England progress from their group, their last-16 match will be on Monday July 2 (if they win the group) or Tuesday July 2 (if they finish runners-up in the group). Should England progress beyond that stage, their quarter-final will either be: Friday 6 July Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm BST. OR Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm BST. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the rest... Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm BST. Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm BST. Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm BST. Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm BST. How will England line-up - and what are their tactics? JJ Bull explains how crucial the wing-backs will be to Gareth Southgate's campaign in Russia. What happened in 2014? England were eliminated in the group stages with just one point and two goals to show from their two games. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game despite an encouraging performance, before Luis Suarez's goal confirmed their exit in the second match against Uruguay. A dead rubber against Costa Rica finished goalless. What is Gareth Southgate saying? “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season. “Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season, but I just felt the others were ahead of him. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues. “All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.” And here is how the squad was announced on May 16: 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England World Cup 2018 guide: Fixtures, squad news, next matches and group analysis
England's 2018 squad will play Panama on Sunday off the back of a strong win in their first World Cup game against Tunisia. When Gareth Southgate revealed his 23-man squad in May much of the focus landed on Adam Lallana, the big-name omission, who had to make do with the standby list. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop. “It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 Who made England's 23-man squad? Here's who will feature in England's World Cup squad: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea). Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal). Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley). Gareth Southgate decided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere at home and has picked a squad heavily-loaded with defenders, reflective of his desire to play with three centre-backs and wing-backs. Trent-Alexander-Arnold could win his first England in Russia while the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek also speaks to Southgate's bold approach. Harry Kane will captain the side. Who is in your starting team? England Formation Builder Who is in England's group? England are in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Belgium: One of the favourites for the competition with a dazzling array of talent. England will be familiar with most of their key players: Thibuat Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, all play in the Premier League. England's toughest opponent by a distance. Tunisia: Potentially tricky opposition who will look to frustrate England. Were unbeaten in qualifying and Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri could be a danger man. Nevertheless, a team England should beat if they have aspirations to reach the latter stages. Panama: One of the stories of the tournament, having qualified for the finals for the first time in dramatic fashion. England will be heavy favorites to swat them aside. When do England play? Monday June 18 - Tunisia 1 England 2 Sunday June 24 England vs Panama (Nizhny Novgorod), 1pm BST. Thursday June 28 England vs Belgium (Kaliningrad), 7pm BST. Should England progress from their group, their last-16 match will be on Monday July 2 (if they win the group) or Tuesday July 2 (if they finish runners-up in the group). Should England progress beyond that stage, their quarter-final will either be: Friday 6 July Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm BST. OR Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm BST. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the rest... Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm BST. Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm BST. Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm BST. Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm BST. How will England line-up - and what are their tactics? JJ Bull explains how crucial the wing-backs will be to Gareth Southgate's campaign in Russia. What happened in 2014? England were eliminated in the group stages with just one point and two goals to show from their two games. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game despite an encouraging performance, before Luis Suarez's goal confirmed their exit in the second match against Uruguay. A dead rubber against Costa Rica finished goalless. What is Gareth Southgate saying? “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season. “Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season, but I just felt the others were ahead of him. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues. “All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.” And here is how the squad was announced on May 16: 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England's 2018 squad will play Panama on Sunday off the back of a strong win in their first World Cup game against Tunisia. When Gareth Southgate revealed his 23-man squad in May much of the focus landed on Adam Lallana, the big-name omission, who had to make do with the standby list. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop. “It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 Who made England's 23-man squad? Here's who will feature in England's World Cup squad: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea). Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal). Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley). Gareth Southgate decided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere at home and has picked a squad heavily-loaded with defenders, reflective of his desire to play with three centre-backs and wing-backs. Trent-Alexander-Arnold could win his first England in Russia while the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek also speaks to Southgate's bold approach. Harry Kane will captain the side. Who is in your starting team? England Formation Builder Who is in England's group? England are in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Belgium: One of the favourites for the competition with a dazzling array of talent. England will be familiar with most of their key players: Thibuat Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, all play in the Premier League. England's toughest opponent by a distance. Tunisia: Potentially tricky opposition who will look to frustrate England. Were unbeaten in qualifying and Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri could be a danger man. Nevertheless, a team England should beat if they have aspirations to reach the latter stages. Panama: One of the stories of the tournament, having qualified for the finals for the first time in dramatic fashion. England will be heavy favorites to swat them aside. When do England play? Monday June 18 - Tunisia 1 England 2 Sunday June 24 England vs Panama (Nizhny Novgorod), 1pm BST. Thursday June 28 England vs Belgium (Kaliningrad), 7pm BST. Should England progress from their group, their last-16 match will be on Monday July 2 (if they win the group) or Tuesday July 2 (if they finish runners-up in the group). Should England progress beyond that stage, their quarter-final will either be: Friday 6 July Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm BST. OR Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm BST. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the rest... Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm BST. Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm BST. Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm BST. Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm BST. How will England line-up - and what are their tactics? JJ Bull explains how crucial the wing-backs will be to Gareth Southgate's campaign in Russia. What happened in 2014? England were eliminated in the group stages with just one point and two goals to show from their two games. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game despite an encouraging performance, before Luis Suarez's goal confirmed their exit in the second match against Uruguay. A dead rubber against Costa Rica finished goalless. What is Gareth Southgate saying? “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season. “Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season, but I just felt the others were ahead of him. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues. “All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.” And here is how the squad was announced on May 16: 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England World Cup 2018 guide: Fixtures, squad news, next matches and group analysis
England's 2018 squad will play Panama on Sunday off the back of a strong win in their first World Cup game against Tunisia. When Gareth Southgate revealed his 23-man squad in May much of the focus landed on Adam Lallana, the big-name omission, who had to make do with the standby list. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop. “It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 Who made England's 23-man squad? Here's who will feature in England's World Cup squad: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea). Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal). Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley). Gareth Southgate decided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere at home and has picked a squad heavily-loaded with defenders, reflective of his desire to play with three centre-backs and wing-backs. Trent-Alexander-Arnold could win his first England in Russia while the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek also speaks to Southgate's bold approach. Harry Kane will captain the side. Who is in your starting team? England Formation Builder Who is in England's group? England are in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Belgium: One of the favourites for the competition with a dazzling array of talent. England will be familiar with most of their key players: Thibuat Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, all play in the Premier League. England's toughest opponent by a distance. Tunisia: Potentially tricky opposition who will look to frustrate England. Were unbeaten in qualifying and Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri could be a danger man. Nevertheless, a team England should beat if they have aspirations to reach the latter stages. Panama: One of the stories of the tournament, having qualified for the finals for the first time in dramatic fashion. England will be heavy favorites to swat them aside. When do England play? Monday June 18 - Tunisia 1 England 2 Sunday June 24 England vs Panama (Nizhny Novgorod), 1pm BST. Thursday June 28 England vs Belgium (Kaliningrad), 7pm BST. Should England progress from their group, their last-16 match will be on Monday July 2 (if they win the group) or Tuesday July 2 (if they finish runners-up in the group). Should England progress beyond that stage, their quarter-final will either be: Friday 6 July Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm BST. OR Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm BST. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the rest... Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm BST. Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm BST. Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm BST. Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm BST. How will England line-up - and what are their tactics? JJ Bull explains how crucial the wing-backs will be to Gareth Southgate's campaign in Russia. What happened in 2014? England were eliminated in the group stages with just one point and two goals to show from their two games. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game despite an encouraging performance, before Luis Suarez's goal confirmed their exit in the second match against Uruguay. A dead rubber against Costa Rica finished goalless. What is Gareth Southgate saying? “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season. “Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season, but I just felt the others were ahead of him. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues. “All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.” And here is how the squad was announced on May 16: 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England's 2018 squad will play Panama on Sunday off the back of a strong win in their first World Cup game against Tunisia. When Gareth Southgate revealed his 23-man squad in May much of the focus landed on Adam Lallana, the big-name omission, who had to make do with the standby list. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop. “It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 Who made England's 23-man squad? Here's who will feature in England's World Cup squad: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea). Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal). Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley). Gareth Southgate decided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere at home and has picked a squad heavily-loaded with defenders, reflective of his desire to play with three centre-backs and wing-backs. Trent-Alexander-Arnold could win his first England in Russia while the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek also speaks to Southgate's bold approach. Harry Kane will captain the side. Who is in your starting team? England Formation Builder Who is in England's group? England are in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Belgium: One of the favourites for the competition with a dazzling array of talent. England will be familiar with most of their key players: Thibuat Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, all play in the Premier League. England's toughest opponent by a distance. Tunisia: Potentially tricky opposition who will look to frustrate England. Were unbeaten in qualifying and Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri could be a danger man. Nevertheless, a team England should beat if they have aspirations to reach the latter stages. Panama: One of the stories of the tournament, having qualified for the finals for the first time in dramatic fashion. England will be heavy favorites to swat them aside. When do England play? Monday June 18 - Tunisia 1 England 2 Sunday June 24 England vs Panama (Nizhny Novgorod), 1pm BST. Thursday June 28 England vs Belgium (Kaliningrad), 7pm BST. Should England progress from their group, their last-16 match will be on Monday July 2 (if they win the group) or Tuesday July 2 (if they finish runners-up in the group). Should England progress beyond that stage, their quarter-final will either be: Friday 6 July Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm BST. OR Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm BST. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the rest... Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm BST. Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm BST. Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm BST. Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm BST. How will England line-up - and what are their tactics? JJ Bull explains how crucial the wing-backs will be to Gareth Southgate's campaign in Russia. What happened in 2014? England were eliminated in the group stages with just one point and two goals to show from their two games. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game despite an encouraging performance, before Luis Suarez's goal confirmed their exit in the second match against Uruguay. A dead rubber against Costa Rica finished goalless. What is Gareth Southgate saying? “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season. “Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season, but I just felt the others were ahead of him. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues. “All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.” And here is how the squad was announced on May 16: 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England World Cup 2018 guide: Fixtures, squad news, next matches and group analysis
England's 2018 squad will play Panama on Sunday off the back of a strong win in their first World Cup game against Tunisia. When Gareth Southgate revealed his 23-man squad in May much of the focus landed on Adam Lallana, the big-name omission, who had to make do with the standby list. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop. “It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 Who made England's 23-man squad? Here's who will feature in England's World Cup squad: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea). Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal). Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley). Gareth Southgate decided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere at home and has picked a squad heavily-loaded with defenders, reflective of his desire to play with three centre-backs and wing-backs. Trent-Alexander-Arnold could win his first England in Russia while the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek also speaks to Southgate's bold approach. Harry Kane will captain the side. Who is in your starting team? England Formation Builder Who is in England's group? England are in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Belgium: One of the favourites for the competition with a dazzling array of talent. England will be familiar with most of their key players: Thibuat Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, all play in the Premier League. England's toughest opponent by a distance. Tunisia: Potentially tricky opposition who will look to frustrate England. Were unbeaten in qualifying and Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri could be a danger man. Nevertheless, a team England should beat if they have aspirations to reach the latter stages. Panama: One of the stories of the tournament, having qualified for the finals for the first time in dramatic fashion. England will be heavy favorites to swat them aside. When do England play? Monday June 18 - Tunisia 1 England 2 Sunday June 24 England vs Panama (Nizhny Novgorod), 1pm BST. Thursday June 28 England vs Belgium (Kaliningrad), 7pm BST. Should England progress from their group, their last-16 match will be on Monday July 2 (if they win the group) or Tuesday July 2 (if they finish runners-up in the group). Should England progress beyond that stage, their quarter-final will either be: Friday 6 July Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm BST. OR Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm BST. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the rest... Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm BST. Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm BST. Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm BST. Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm BST. How will England line-up - and what are their tactics? JJ Bull explains how crucial the wing-backs will be to Gareth Southgate's campaign in Russia. What happened in 2014? England were eliminated in the group stages with just one point and two goals to show from their two games. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game despite an encouraging performance, before Luis Suarez's goal confirmed their exit in the second match against Uruguay. A dead rubber against Costa Rica finished goalless. What is Gareth Southgate saying? “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season. “Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season, but I just felt the others were ahead of him. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues. “All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.” And here is how the squad was announced on May 16: 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England's 2018 squad will play Panama on Sunday off the back of a strong win in their first World Cup game against Tunisia. When Gareth Southgate revealed his 23-man squad in May much of the focus landed on Adam Lallana, the big-name omission, who had to make do with the standby list. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop. “It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 Who made England's 23-man squad? Here's who will feature in England's World Cup squad: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea). Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal). Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley). Gareth Southgate decided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere at home and has picked a squad heavily-loaded with defenders, reflective of his desire to play with three centre-backs and wing-backs. Trent-Alexander-Arnold could win his first England in Russia while the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek also speaks to Southgate's bold approach. Harry Kane will captain the side. Who is in your starting team? England Formation Builder Who is in England's group? England are in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Belgium: One of the favourites for the competition with a dazzling array of talent. England will be familiar with most of their key players: Thibuat Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, all play in the Premier League. England's toughest opponent by a distance. Tunisia: Potentially tricky opposition who will look to frustrate England. Were unbeaten in qualifying and Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri could be a danger man. Nevertheless, a team England should beat if they have aspirations to reach the latter stages. Panama: One of the stories of the tournament, having qualified for the finals for the first time in dramatic fashion. England will be heavy favorites to swat them aside. When do England play? Monday June 18 - Tunisia 1 England 2 Sunday June 24 England vs Panama (Nizhny Novgorod), 1pm BST. Thursday June 28 England vs Belgium (Kaliningrad), 7pm BST. Should England progress from their group, their last-16 match will be on Monday July 2 (if they win the group) or Tuesday July 2 (if they finish runners-up in the group). Should England progress beyond that stage, their quarter-final will either be: Friday 6 July Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm BST. OR Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm BST. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the rest... Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm BST. Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm BST. Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm BST. Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm BST. How will England line-up - and what are their tactics? JJ Bull explains how crucial the wing-backs will be to Gareth Southgate's campaign in Russia. What happened in 2014? England were eliminated in the group stages with just one point and two goals to show from their two games. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game despite an encouraging performance, before Luis Suarez's goal confirmed their exit in the second match against Uruguay. A dead rubber against Costa Rica finished goalless. What is Gareth Southgate saying? “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season. “Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season, but I just felt the others were ahead of him. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues. “All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.” And here is how the squad was announced on May 16: 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England World Cup 2018 guide: Fixtures, squad news, next matches and group analysis
England's 2018 squad will play Panama on Sunday off the back of a strong win in their first World Cup game against Tunisia. When Gareth Southgate revealed his 23-man squad in May much of the focus landed on Adam Lallana, the big-name omission, who had to make do with the standby list. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop. “It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 Who made England's 23-man squad? Here's who will feature in England's World Cup squad: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea). Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal). Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley). Gareth Southgate decided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere at home and has picked a squad heavily-loaded with defenders, reflective of his desire to play with three centre-backs and wing-backs. Trent-Alexander-Arnold could win his first England in Russia while the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek also speaks to Southgate's bold approach. Harry Kane will captain the side. Who is in your starting team? England Formation Builder Who is in England's group? England are in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Belgium: One of the favourites for the competition with a dazzling array of talent. England will be familiar with most of their key players: Thibuat Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, all play in the Premier League. England's toughest opponent by a distance. Tunisia: Potentially tricky opposition who will look to frustrate England. Were unbeaten in qualifying and Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri could be a danger man. Nevertheless, a team England should beat if they have aspirations to reach the latter stages. Panama: One of the stories of the tournament, having qualified for the finals for the first time in dramatic fashion. England will be heavy favorites to swat them aside. When do England play? Monday June 18 - Tunisia 1 England 2 Sunday June 24 England vs Panama (Nizhny Novgorod), 1pm BST. Thursday June 28 England vs Belgium (Kaliningrad), 7pm BST. Should England progress from their group, their last-16 match will be on Monday July 2 (if they win the group) or Tuesday July 2 (if they finish runners-up in the group). Should England progress beyond that stage, their quarter-final will either be: Friday 6 July Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm BST. OR Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm BST. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the rest... Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm BST. Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm BST. Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm BST. Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm BST. How will England line-up - and what are their tactics? JJ Bull explains how crucial the wing-backs will be to Gareth Southgate's campaign in Russia. What happened in 2014? England were eliminated in the group stages with just one point and two goals to show from their two games. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game despite an encouraging performance, before Luis Suarez's goal confirmed their exit in the second match against Uruguay. A dead rubber against Costa Rica finished goalless. What is Gareth Southgate saying? “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season. “Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season, but I just felt the others were ahead of him. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues. “All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.” And here is how the squad was announced on May 16: 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England's 2018 squad will play Panama on Sunday off the back of a strong win in their first World Cup game against Tunisia. When Gareth Southgate revealed his 23-man squad in May much of the focus landed on Adam Lallana, the big-name omission, who had to make do with the standby list. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop. “It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 Who made England's 23-man squad? Here's who will feature in England's World Cup squad: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea). Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal). Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley). Gareth Southgate decided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere at home and has picked a squad heavily-loaded with defenders, reflective of his desire to play with three centre-backs and wing-backs. Trent-Alexander-Arnold could win his first England in Russia while the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek also speaks to Southgate's bold approach. Harry Kane will captain the side. Who is in your starting team? England Formation Builder Who is in England's group? England are in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Belgium: One of the favourites for the competition with a dazzling array of talent. England will be familiar with most of their key players: Thibuat Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, all play in the Premier League. England's toughest opponent by a distance. Tunisia: Potentially tricky opposition who will look to frustrate England. Were unbeaten in qualifying and Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri could be a danger man. Nevertheless, a team England should beat if they have aspirations to reach the latter stages. Panama: One of the stories of the tournament, having qualified for the finals for the first time in dramatic fashion. England will be heavy favorites to swat them aside. When do England play? Monday June 18 - Tunisia 1 England 2 Sunday June 24 England vs Panama (Nizhny Novgorod), 1pm BST. Thursday June 28 England vs Belgium (Kaliningrad), 7pm BST. Should England progress from their group, their last-16 match will be on Monday July 2 (if they win the group) or Tuesday July 2 (if they finish runners-up in the group). Should England progress beyond that stage, their quarter-final will either be: Friday 6 July Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm BST. OR Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm BST. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the rest... Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm BST. Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm BST. Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm BST. Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm BST. How will England line-up - and what are their tactics? JJ Bull explains how crucial the wing-backs will be to Gareth Southgate's campaign in Russia. What happened in 2014? England were eliminated in the group stages with just one point and two goals to show from their two games. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game despite an encouraging performance, before Luis Suarez's goal confirmed their exit in the second match against Uruguay. A dead rubber against Costa Rica finished goalless. What is Gareth Southgate saying? “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season. “Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season, but I just felt the others were ahead of him. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues. “All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.” And here is how the squad was announced on May 16: 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England World Cup 2018 guide: Fixtures, squad news, next matches and group analysis
England's 2018 squad will play Panama on Sunday off the back of a strong win in their first World Cup game against Tunisia. When Gareth Southgate revealed his 23-man squad in May much of the focus landed on Adam Lallana, the big-name omission, who had to make do with the standby list. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop. “It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 Who made England's 23-man squad? Here's who will feature in England's World Cup squad: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea). Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal). Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley). Gareth Southgate decided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere at home and has picked a squad heavily-loaded with defenders, reflective of his desire to play with three centre-backs and wing-backs. Trent-Alexander-Arnold could win his first England in Russia while the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek also speaks to Southgate's bold approach. Harry Kane will captain the side. Who is in your starting team? England Formation Builder Who is in England's group? England are in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Belgium: One of the favourites for the competition with a dazzling array of talent. England will be familiar with most of their key players: Thibuat Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, all play in the Premier League. England's toughest opponent by a distance. Tunisia: Potentially tricky opposition who will look to frustrate England. Were unbeaten in qualifying and Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri could be a danger man. Nevertheless, a team England should beat if they have aspirations to reach the latter stages. Panama: One of the stories of the tournament, having qualified for the finals for the first time in dramatic fashion. England will be heavy favorites to swat them aside. When do England play? Monday June 18 - Tunisia 1 England 2 Sunday June 24 England vs Panama (Nizhny Novgorod), 1pm BST. Thursday June 28 England vs Belgium (Kaliningrad), 7pm BST. Should England progress from their group, their last-16 match will be on Monday July 2 (if they win the group) or Tuesday July 2 (if they finish runners-up in the group). Should England progress beyond that stage, their quarter-final will either be: Friday 6 July Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm BST. OR Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm BST. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the rest... Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm BST. Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm BST. Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm BST. Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm BST. How will England line-up - and what are their tactics? JJ Bull explains how crucial the wing-backs will be to Gareth Southgate's campaign in Russia. What happened in 2014? England were eliminated in the group stages with just one point and two goals to show from their two games. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game despite an encouraging performance, before Luis Suarez's goal confirmed their exit in the second match against Uruguay. A dead rubber against Costa Rica finished goalless. What is Gareth Southgate saying? “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season. “Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season, but I just felt the others were ahead of him. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues. “All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.” And here is how the squad was announced on May 16: 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
Fifa is to analyse the failure of video technology to award Harry Kane two penalties in England’s opening World Cup win over Tunisia. Amid outrage on social media about the lack of action taken when Ferjani Sassi and Yassine Meriah bundled Kane to the floor during the match in Volgograd, the game’s governing body confirmed it would examine whether Video Assistant Referee Sandro Ricci had blundered by not advising Wilmar Roldan to penalise them. Just a day earlier, Fifa had publicly backed all VAR interventions in the opening 11 games of the World Cup, amid another controversial call during Brazil’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland. It is understood its referees’ chiefs will stage a press conference at some point during Russia 2018 to run through some of the disputed decisions on key incidents in matches, potentially once the group stage is complete. A similar briefing was held on the eve of the World Cup in which video clips were played that had been shown to each team before the tournament of incidents for which there would be zero tolerance. They included grappling in the box, with Fifa’s refereeing director, Massimo Busacca, revealing players had been warned there would be nowhere to hide in Russia. One possible reason for Kane not being awarded a penalty for the first incident could be that John Stones appeared to simultaneously push Tunisia’s Ellyes Skhiri. For the second, images seem to show Kane had hold of Meriah’s arm as the pair tangled. But three former Fifa referees, Keith Hackett, Graham Poll and Mark Clattenburg, all agreed Kane should have been given two spot-kicks. England vs Tunisia Player ratings There was also criticism on social media over a lack of review after Ashley Young appeared to catch Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri in the face with an elbow. Roldan decided the matter warranted only a lecture. The World Cup has been dogged by VAR controversy and former Premier League referee Mark Halsey said on Tuesday it was not ready to be used at such a high-profile event. He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I think there’s a lot more training and education to be done because it should not be in this tournament. “They should be looking at it to bring it in for the 2022 qualifying stages and then into the tournament.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more World Cup whatsapp promo
Fifa to analyse VAR failure to award Harry Kane penalties in England win
Fifa is to analyse the failure of video technology to award Harry Kane two penalties in England’s opening World Cup win over Tunisia. Amid outrage on social media about the lack of action taken when Ferjani Sassi and Yassine Meriah bundled Kane to the floor during the match in Volgograd, the game’s governing body confirmed it would examine whether Video Assistant Referee Sandro Ricci had blundered by not advising Wilmar Roldan to penalise them. Just a day earlier, Fifa had publicly backed all VAR interventions in the opening 11 games of the World Cup, amid another controversial call during Brazil’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland. It is understood its referees’ chiefs will stage a press conference at some point during Russia 2018 to run through some of the disputed decisions on key incidents in matches, potentially once the group stage is complete. A similar briefing was held on the eve of the World Cup in which video clips were played that had been shown to each team before the tournament of incidents for which there would be zero tolerance. They included grappling in the box, with Fifa’s refereeing director, Massimo Busacca, revealing players had been warned there would be nowhere to hide in Russia. One possible reason for Kane not being awarded a penalty for the first incident could be that John Stones appeared to simultaneously push Tunisia’s Ellyes Skhiri. For the second, images seem to show Kane had hold of Meriah’s arm as the pair tangled. But three former Fifa referees, Keith Hackett, Graham Poll and Mark Clattenburg, all agreed Kane should have been given two spot-kicks. England vs Tunisia Player ratings There was also criticism on social media over a lack of review after Ashley Young appeared to catch Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri in the face with an elbow. Roldan decided the matter warranted only a lecture. The World Cup has been dogged by VAR controversy and former Premier League referee Mark Halsey said on Tuesday it was not ready to be used at such a high-profile event. He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I think there’s a lot more training and education to be done because it should not be in this tournament. “They should be looking at it to bring it in for the 2022 qualifying stages and then into the tournament.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more World Cup whatsapp promo
What is it? The final game of the first-round of a group stage matches as Poland face Senegalin Group H– with Japan and Colombia playing earlier in the day. When is it? Tuesday 19 June. What time is kick-off? 4pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV coverage begins at 3.25pm or alternatively you can bookmark this page and return to follow every kick with our Telegraph Sport live blog. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? At the Spartak Stadium in Moscow home to, you guessed it, Spartak Moscow. What is the team news? Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski will lead the line for Poland after scoring 16 goals in qualifying. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will be a familiar face in goal for English fans, and keep an eye out for talented Napoli playmaker Piotr Zieliński in midfield. Sadio Mane is the jewell in Senegal's crown and will be ably assisted by Premier League players such as Idrisa Geuye, Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho. Senegal reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 finals after beating holders France in the opening game of the tournament. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the squads in full: Poland Goalkeepers: Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus). Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (UC Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL Ferrara), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warsaw), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund). Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (PFC Ludogorets Razgrad), Maciej Rybus (FC Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli), Karol Linetty (UC Sampdoria), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze). Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (RSC Anderlecht), Dawid Kownacki (UC Sampdoria). World Cup record: Poland Senegal Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde. World Cup record: Senegal What's the latest news on the two teams? Senegal hoping to channel spirit of 2002 Senegal will draw on the spirit of the late Bruno Metsu, the maverick French coach who led them to the 2002 quarter-finals, when they face Poland on Tuesday in their first World Cup match in 16 years. Aliou Cisse, who captained the side which Metsu famously fired up to stun defending champions France 1-0 in Seoul in their opening game, said he was thinking of his mentor. Yet as the only African coach in this year's competition, he is determined to stamp his own generation's mark on world football. Asked if he had taken up Metsu's style of team talk, when he worked on their anger at being dismissed as outsiders in their first finals, Cisse told reporters: "No. Bruno's talk was Bruno. I'm the coach now, I have my own way of managing my team. Senegal's coach Aliou Cisse Credit: AFP "But today on the eve of this match against Poland my thoughts are with Bruno. I know that from where he is today he is watching us and his energy will lift us." Metsu, whose side lost to a Turkish golden goal in the 2002 quarter-finals, died five years ago of cancer, aged 59. For decades, many of Africa's most successful teams have had European or Latin American coaches, but Cisse reckoned it was time to move on: "Sure, I'm the only black coach in this World Cup. But these are debates that bother me. I believe football is universal and the colour of your skin doesn't matter. "I represent a new generation which wants to find its place in African football and world football," he added. "We also have a right to be among the elite of international coaches." Reuters. What are the odds? Betting guide: predictions and tips for Poland v Senegal > Poland 11/8 Senegal 13/5 Draw 23/1 What's our prediction? Both teams' strength lies in attack, so we fancy this might be a more open and enterprising game than the your typical group stage match. Poland are always touted as dark horses but are yet to really get their act together in a tournament - including a disappointing European Championship performance on home soil in 2012. Verdict: Poland 2 Senegal 2 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, Poland vs Senegal: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? The final game of the first-round of a group stage matches as Poland face Senegalin Group H– with Japan and Colombia playing earlier in the day. When is it? Tuesday 19 June. What time is kick-off? 4pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV coverage begins at 3.25pm or alternatively you can bookmark this page and return to follow every kick with our Telegraph Sport live blog. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? At the Spartak Stadium in Moscow home to, you guessed it, Spartak Moscow. What is the team news? Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski will lead the line for Poland after scoring 16 goals in qualifying. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will be a familiar face in goal for English fans, and keep an eye out for talented Napoli playmaker Piotr Zieliński in midfield. Sadio Mane is the jewell in Senegal's crown and will be ably assisted by Premier League players such as Idrisa Geuye, Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho. Senegal reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 finals after beating holders France in the opening game of the tournament. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the squads in full: Poland Goalkeepers: Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus). Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (UC Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL Ferrara), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warsaw), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund). Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (PFC Ludogorets Razgrad), Maciej Rybus (FC Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli), Karol Linetty (UC Sampdoria), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze). Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (RSC Anderlecht), Dawid Kownacki (UC Sampdoria). World Cup record: Poland Senegal Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde. World Cup record: Senegal What's the latest news on the two teams? Senegal hoping to channel spirit of 2002 Senegal will draw on the spirit of the late Bruno Metsu, the maverick French coach who led them to the 2002 quarter-finals, when they face Poland on Tuesday in their first World Cup match in 16 years. Aliou Cisse, who captained the side which Metsu famously fired up to stun defending champions France 1-0 in Seoul in their opening game, said he was thinking of his mentor. Yet as the only African coach in this year's competition, he is determined to stamp his own generation's mark on world football. Asked if he had taken up Metsu's style of team talk, when he worked on their anger at being dismissed as outsiders in their first finals, Cisse told reporters: "No. Bruno's talk was Bruno. I'm the coach now, I have my own way of managing my team. Senegal's coach Aliou Cisse Credit: AFP "But today on the eve of this match against Poland my thoughts are with Bruno. I know that from where he is today he is watching us and his energy will lift us." Metsu, whose side lost to a Turkish golden goal in the 2002 quarter-finals, died five years ago of cancer, aged 59. For decades, many of Africa's most successful teams have had European or Latin American coaches, but Cisse reckoned it was time to move on: "Sure, I'm the only black coach in this World Cup. But these are debates that bother me. I believe football is universal and the colour of your skin doesn't matter. "I represent a new generation which wants to find its place in African football and world football," he added. "We also have a right to be among the elite of international coaches." Reuters. What are the odds? Betting guide: predictions and tips for Poland v Senegal > Poland 11/8 Senegal 13/5 Draw 23/1 What's our prediction? Both teams' strength lies in attack, so we fancy this might be a more open and enterprising game than the your typical group stage match. Poland are always touted as dark horses but are yet to really get their act together in a tournament - including a disappointing European Championship performance on home soil in 2012. Verdict: Poland 2 Senegal 2 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What is it? The final game of the first-round of a group stage matches as Poland face Senegalin Group H– with Japan and Colombia playing earlier in the day. When is it? Tuesday 19 June. What time is kick-off? 4pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV coverage begins at 3.25pm or alternatively you can bookmark this page and return to follow every kick with our Telegraph Sport live blog. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? At the Spartak Stadium in Moscow home to, you guessed it, Spartak Moscow. What is the team news? Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski will lead the line for Poland after scoring 16 goals in qualifying. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will be a familiar face in goal for English fans, and keep an eye out for talented Napoli playmaker Piotr Zieliński in midfield. Sadio Mane is the jewell in Senegal's crown and will be ably assisted by Premier League players such as Idrisa Geuye, Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho. Senegal reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 finals after beating holders France in the opening game of the tournament. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the squads in full: Poland Goalkeepers: Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus). Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (UC Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL Ferrara), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warsaw), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund). Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (PFC Ludogorets Razgrad), Maciej Rybus (FC Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli), Karol Linetty (UC Sampdoria), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze). Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (RSC Anderlecht), Dawid Kownacki (UC Sampdoria). World Cup record: Poland Senegal Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde. World Cup record: Senegal What's the latest news on the two teams? Senegal hoping to channel spirit of 2002 Senegal will draw on the spirit of the late Bruno Metsu, the maverick French coach who led them to the 2002 quarter-finals, when they face Poland on Tuesday in their first World Cup match in 16 years. Aliou Cisse, who captained the side which Metsu famously fired up to stun defending champions France 1-0 in Seoul in their opening game, said he was thinking of his mentor. Yet as the only African coach in this year's competition, he is determined to stamp his own generation's mark on world football. Asked if he had taken up Metsu's style of team talk, when he worked on their anger at being dismissed as outsiders in their first finals, Cisse told reporters: "No. Bruno's talk was Bruno. I'm the coach now, I have my own way of managing my team. Senegal's coach Aliou Cisse Credit: AFP "But today on the eve of this match against Poland my thoughts are with Bruno. I know that from where he is today he is watching us and his energy will lift us." Metsu, whose side lost to a Turkish golden goal in the 2002 quarter-finals, died five years ago of cancer, aged 59. For decades, many of Africa's most successful teams have had European or Latin American coaches, but Cisse reckoned it was time to move on: "Sure, I'm the only black coach in this World Cup. But these are debates that bother me. I believe football is universal and the colour of your skin doesn't matter. "I represent a new generation which wants to find its place in African football and world football," he added. "We also have a right to be among the elite of international coaches." Reuters. What are the odds? Betting guide: predictions and tips for Poland v Senegal > Poland 11/8 Senegal 13/5 Draw 23/1 What's our prediction? Both teams' strength lies in attack, so we fancy this might be a more open and enterprising game than the your typical group stage match. Poland are always touted as dark horses but are yet to really get their act together in a tournament - including a disappointing European Championship performance on home soil in 2012. Verdict: Poland 2 Senegal 2 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, Poland vs Senegal: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? The final game of the first-round of a group stage matches as Poland face Senegalin Group H– with Japan and Colombia playing earlier in the day. When is it? Tuesday 19 June. What time is kick-off? 4pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV coverage begins at 3.25pm or alternatively you can bookmark this page and return to follow every kick with our Telegraph Sport live blog. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? At the Spartak Stadium in Moscow home to, you guessed it, Spartak Moscow. What is the team news? Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski will lead the line for Poland after scoring 16 goals in qualifying. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will be a familiar face in goal for English fans, and keep an eye out for talented Napoli playmaker Piotr Zieliński in midfield. Sadio Mane is the jewell in Senegal's crown and will be ably assisted by Premier League players such as Idrisa Geuye, Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho. Senegal reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 finals after beating holders France in the opening game of the tournament. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the squads in full: Poland Goalkeepers: Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus). Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (UC Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL Ferrara), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warsaw), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund). Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (PFC Ludogorets Razgrad), Maciej Rybus (FC Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli), Karol Linetty (UC Sampdoria), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze). Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (RSC Anderlecht), Dawid Kownacki (UC Sampdoria). World Cup record: Poland Senegal Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde. World Cup record: Senegal What's the latest news on the two teams? Senegal hoping to channel spirit of 2002 Senegal will draw on the spirit of the late Bruno Metsu, the maverick French coach who led them to the 2002 quarter-finals, when they face Poland on Tuesday in their first World Cup match in 16 years. Aliou Cisse, who captained the side which Metsu famously fired up to stun defending champions France 1-0 in Seoul in their opening game, said he was thinking of his mentor. Yet as the only African coach in this year's competition, he is determined to stamp his own generation's mark on world football. Asked if he had taken up Metsu's style of team talk, when he worked on their anger at being dismissed as outsiders in their first finals, Cisse told reporters: "No. Bruno's talk was Bruno. I'm the coach now, I have my own way of managing my team. Senegal's coach Aliou Cisse Credit: AFP "But today on the eve of this match against Poland my thoughts are with Bruno. I know that from where he is today he is watching us and his energy will lift us." Metsu, whose side lost to a Turkish golden goal in the 2002 quarter-finals, died five years ago of cancer, aged 59. For decades, many of Africa's most successful teams have had European or Latin American coaches, but Cisse reckoned it was time to move on: "Sure, I'm the only black coach in this World Cup. But these are debates that bother me. I believe football is universal and the colour of your skin doesn't matter. "I represent a new generation which wants to find its place in African football and world football," he added. "We also have a right to be among the elite of international coaches." Reuters. What are the odds? Betting guide: predictions and tips for Poland v Senegal > Poland 11/8 Senegal 13/5 Draw 23/1 What's our prediction? Both teams' strength lies in attack, so we fancy this might be a more open and enterprising game than the your typical group stage match. Poland are always touted as dark horses but are yet to really get their act together in a tournament - including a disappointing European Championship performance on home soil in 2012. Verdict: Poland 2 Senegal 2 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
16 Premier League stars you wont believe played in a World Cup
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
16 Premier League stars you wont believe played in a World Cup
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
16 Premier League stars you wont believe played in a World Cup
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
16 Premier League stars you wont believe played in a World Cup
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
16 Premier League stars you wont believe played in a World Cup
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
16 Premier League stars you wont believe played in a World Cup
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
16 Premier League stars you wont believe played in a World Cup
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
16 Premier League stars you wont believe played in a World Cup
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
16 Premier League stars you wont believe played in a World Cup
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
16 Premier League stars you wont believe played in a World Cup
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains
Player ratings: who performed and who didn't? England warned to expect tough approach from Panama ​ England vs Panama, World Cup 2018: When and where in Russia is the Group G match, what time does it start and what TV channel is it on? ​ Harry Kane said he might well score three like Cristiano Ronaldo. People tittered. Instead it was just the two for the England captain as he struck the goals to gain England a precious victory in their opening Group G fixture against an obdurate, organised and occasionally cynical Tunisia. It mattered in terms of perception as well as points. These were Kane’s first tournament goals and he, and England, are up and running. What a contribution from the captain. At times England wrestled with familiar failings. At times, Tunisia just wrestled and not least when it came to dealing with Kane who was dragged to the turf on at least two occasions inside the penalty area. The first probably was rightly not given, as John Stones already appeared to have committed a foul, but the second appeared a blatant penalty. Where was the video assistant referee (VAR)? After being overwhelmed at set-pieces early on the Tunisians resorted to grapple tactics which seemed to have hauled England down into a usual sense of stifling frustration especially in an increasingly drifting second-half. The Tunisians swarmed around England like the midges and mosquitoes that plagued this stadium on the banks of the River Volga and so irritated the players. Credit: GETTY IMAGES That was until injury-time when Harry Maguire, who was also being regularly man-handled, finally found some space to meet a corner and flick the ball towards the back-post where Kane had drifted free and headed home. Except it was not as simple as that. The forward could easily have sent the chance over the bar but he twisted his body, strained his neck and whipped it into the net in the tight space between goalkeeper and goal-frame. In fact both of Kane’s goals came from corners. Thankfully, unlike at Euro 2016, he was not tasked with taking them. What a finish and what a finish to this match. In a city, formerly Stalingrad, where history hangs heavy, England had felt their own footballing history beginning to burden them once again after such a luminous start. Stay calm under pressure. Find a solution. They had been key messages from manager Gareth Southgate. And for once England eventually did just that. Southgate had urged England to attack the tournament, attack the World Cup. They did that also until adversity and errors struck. But they overcame them. They, hopefully, removed a mental block in doing so. How wonderful would that be? This result means that, for the first time in five tournaments, since 2006 in fact, England have won their opening game. Next up it is Panama and then Belgium and a last-16 place should now be in their grasp. The 2,000 England fans inside this stadium sang and sang at the final whistle. What a relief. Forward trio too good for Tunisia in opening 45 minutes England have to rely on corners There are issues. Defensively England remain far from assured with Ashley Young - whose place will be under threat from Danny Rose - and Maguire making some wrong decisions and the 3-5-2 under question while debate will re-open over the effectiveness of Raheem Sterling who appeared shorn of confidence after a woeful early miss and lasted barely an hour before being replaced by the far more effective Marcus Rashford while there was rich food for thought in the positive contribution of Ruben Loftus-Cheek who appears to have that bit of subtilty to unpick a packed defence. There were positives also with Kieran Trippier outstandingly creative down the right flank, Kane predatory and Jordan Henderson fully justifying his selection as the midfield anchor. Tunisia vs England shots on goal In terms of attacking intent, in terms of chances created the first-half was among England’s most impressive 45 minute periods for decades - even if it was eventually let down by defensive frailty and weak finishing. England will rage about the penalty they conceded but, even before then, they should have been out of sight. Tunisia vs England shots on goal They missed chance after chance after chance and scored just once, striking the frame of the goal twice. They had to be more ruthless and it seemed they would be just that as Kane scored on 11 minutes as Stones met Young’s corner with a superb leap, an even more superb header and goalkeeper Mouez Hassen somehow clawed it out. Unfortunately for him it dropped to Kane who side-foot volleyed into the net from close-range. Before that Hassen had kept Tunisia in it as he did well to divert Jesse Lingard’s deflected shot away for a corner. Even so Lingard had to score and had to score when he then miscued a volley into the side-netting. Sterling, also, had to score but scuffed wide the goal beckoning while after conceding Hassen could not carry on, having already hurt his shoulder, and departed in tears. The goalkeeper had also denied Maguire, clawing away his header. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The concern began to creep and England were caught out with Kyle Walker, foolishly, throwing his arm back as he contested a cross and catching Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the face. The forward went down, claiming the offence and the Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the penalty spot. Ferjani Sassi took seven steps back, strolled up and stroked his right footed shot into the corner of the goal. Jordan Pickford guessed right, got a finger tip to the ball but was beaten. It was coolly executed. A sassy penalty by Sassi. England vs Tunisia Player ratings Again focus had been lost by England. But they summoned a response with Maguire’s header headed out from on the goal-line and onto the bar. The rebound fell to Stones but he snatched at it and the ball rolled wide before Trippier cleverly set Lingard through and although he flicked his shot past substitute goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha it struck the outside of the post. England were inexperienced of course, with nine players making their World Cup debuts, and maybe it began to show as Tunisia defended ever deeper and were determined to hold on by any means they could. Time was running out but that was until Kane intervened. Ronaldo had scored those three goals for Portugal against Spain last week and Kane said he fancied vying for 'The Golden Boot' as the World Cup top-scorer. Good for him. Good for England. 10:45PM Harry Maguire reaction Huge win. What a feeling �������������������� @Englandpic.twitter.com/nF6XWXpaGi— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) June 18, 2018 10:31PM Sam Wallace on Gareth Southgate Of everything Southgate has done with this England team - encouraging them to take risks, to ignore the usual fears and hang-ups - his autumn change to a 3-5-2 formation once qualification was over was fundamental to the whole plan. Read more in Sam Wallace's article here. 10:31PM To be honest, I'm not surprised Interesting stat after #TUNENG. Second lowest of all games so far, for Actual Playing Time. Just 49'38". pic.twitter.com/xRZWwv6vC1— Alex Stone (@AlexStone7) June 18, 2018 9:39PM Kane scored two goals despite eating midges "There were a lot more than we thought. We had a lot of bug spray on, before the game, and at half-time. I got some (flies) in the eye, some in my mouth." Bluuuuuurgh. 9:38PM Great news I am. https://t.co/5V9Xf7uidT— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) June 18, 2018 9:37PM Reaction Harry Kane meanwhile did what everyone kept telling him he needs to do: kept his nerve, saved his team, made a statement to the other leading strikers out here.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) June 18, 2018 THE LIMBS. LOOK AT THE LIMBS. CANCEL CLUB FOOTBALL LETS DO THIS 365 DAYS A YEAR https://t.co/KcQShfn63D— Eli (@ElMengem) June 18, 2018 "I know the pubs would have been erupting back home. I was that kid watching in the pubs before, I know what that's like" Hero @HKane sums up what it means to score the winner Watch the World Cup LIVE on @ITV#ENG#TUNENG#ThreeLionspic.twitter.com/gpESSQ9fUk— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 18, 2018 9:33PM A bit of analysis Fascinating match. I've not seen an England team so confident, calm in possession and adept at building play from the back who don't also revert to type in the final few moments and throw on 18 strikers to hump the ball long to. Southgate's team built from the back and stayed patient. It moves the opposition around, makes them work hard and as soon as Rashford and Loftus-Cheek injected a bit of forward-thinking and pace to that second half, the movement and forward passing really caused problems. The other thing to commend Southgate for is his clear focus on set pieces. Maguire was brilliant as a target in the box and had it not been for the intervening hands and wrestling skills of Tunisia's defence, England would probably have scored more. Henderson was superb as a six, holding the line between the wing-backs during build-up and rarely roaming from his position. On the times he did attack, Alli and Lingard knew to watch the midfield and dropped back to maintain the shape. This is a well drilled, organised and disciplined England and the benefit of that is the forwards can have way more fun, able to rely on a solid base further back. 9:25PM Kane with his MOTM trophy Credit: FIFA I'm pretty sure there's no beer inside it. 9:23PM What a find this is 1: John Barnes vs Ireland in 1990 2: Harry Maguire vs Tunisia There's only one way to beat them Get round the back pic.twitter.com/mTTLwlxLE3— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) June 18, 2018 9:22PM England fans going nuts England fans going nuts after Harry Kane’s late goal! #ENG#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/vltfWN7Wc0— COPA90 (@COPA90) June 18, 2018 9:21PM Kyle Walker I think the entire squad is going to a press interview at this rate. Here's Walker: "It shows the work we've put in, believing in ourselves, the system, got the goal which always feels better in the later stages. "I think in the Premier League probably would have got away with it. Trips gave us a shout to leave it so I just tried to shield the ball. "We created a lot of chances but we're not the finished article. There's two more important games we need to go and pick up points now. "I'm not a big talker, I know everyone likes to have their own thoughts but I said I'll run. "It's good. It's a pat on the back for us but there's two important games. We just prepare well and hopefully the points will come." 9:17PM Southgate says "I think the way we kept playing even though the clock was running down, we waited for good opportunities and I think we deserved the win. We had total control of the game second half, strong on set plays all night. Even had we drawn, which would have made life difficult, I would have been proud of the performance. "We'll do well to make as many chances in a game in this tournament. The movement, the control from the back with the ball. Good teams score goals and [keeping the ball helped tire Tunisia]. "The squad have been brilliant, the team selection was so difficult and to bring the substitutes on and them make the impact they did, everyone's worked so hard to come together. "We've given ourselves a great platform to build from, in particular the level of performance but there's a lot of work to do still. Panama will be a tough test in a different way. We can enjoy tonight, I hope everyone at home enjoys tonight. "He's a top, top striker and I'm delighted for him. It's great we've got him in the team, he took his goals very well." 9:11PM Harry Maguire with less of a 'by numbers' interview "We thought the penalty was a bit soft. "We stuck to our shape and knew we'd get the next goal. "It was tough out there, really warm, started well but missed clearcut chances which you don't get at this level very often. "We knew we'd get more but they changed the shape to match us to a three, more like a five. "It was as much a penalty as what they got. He's always going to get that chance, he's going to be a huge player for us. "There were a couple of nervy passes in the first. It's a big occasion, my first game at this high pressure, you've got to focus, concentrate and I felt I grew into the game. "It's a massive three points but it's only three points and we've got another big game coming up." 9:07PM Player ratings Who stood out for you? Here's our verdict: England vs Tunisia Player ratings 9:06PM Matt Law's verdict England 2-1 Tunisia | Did Southgate's big calls pay off? 9:06PM Jordan Henderson says "I thought we kept going. It paid off tonight with a big win. "I still felt positive, we wanted to get the game going again. We didn't maybe we were thinking about the chances we missed, in the World Cup you've got to keep going. In the second half we did that, kept fighting, didn't play as well but they defended deeper, a lot better as well. "We said you can be friends off the field but on the field you're fighting your mate next to you, for each other. For the whole process we've said keep going to the final whistle and think that showed tonight." 9:03PM Alan Shearer says "I would love one of the VAR people to come out and explain that. They told us before the start they were going to keep an eye on that." 9:02PM This is how many chances it took England to win that Tunisia vs England shots on goal 9:01PM Harry Kane post-match "I thought we played really well, could have scored a few more, credit to the lads we kept going, got to the last second and we're absolutely buzzing. "We spoke a lot about togetherness, we've got a great bond off the pitch which is nice. "I think a few corners we had so much joy from corners, they were trying to stop us and hold us, that's football, that's the ref and it shows good character to do what we've done. "I'm really proud. We've done a lot of work, it was tough, we got the nerves and excitement out the way. I'm so proud." 8:59PM The goal in pictures Credit: AP Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: PA 8:57PM Tunisia players leave the pitch in tears The coaching staff get on the pitch and console an absolutely gutted team of Tunisians. They were so close to a point that could have given real hope of qualification there. Belgium didn't look too special earlier today so there is a chance but it's probably fair to write off Panama at this stage. 8:54PM What a time to win it "Release!" is Martin Keown's rather-too-much information feeling at the final whistle. England showed real character to stay in that one, drawing that would have been a very pre-2018 England thing to do. 8:53PM FULL TIME That's it! England win and it's deserved. Two goals from Harry Kane seal the three points in a hard-fought win over a tricky Tunisia side. 8:52PM 90 mins +3 - England 2 Tunisia 1 Lingard off, Dier off. Southgate is delighted, he was bouncing along the touchline when that goal went in. Interesting that Tunisia decided not to pick up Kane and put him on the floor this time. 8:49PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! IT'S HARRY KANE! Tunisia 1 - 2 England (Harry Kane, 90 + 1 min) The corner is brilliant! Maguire heads it on and Kane is at hte back post - unmarked! Nobody hauls him to the ground this time and he turns the header into the goal from a few yards. It's a brilliant finish! 8:49PM 90 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 It's still all England. They do really well to pass to half way... and then run out of ideas. Or have they? Maaaaaybe. Loftus-Cheek wins a corner. Four minutes of added time to come. 8:48PM 89 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Loftus-Cheek has done well since coming on. He's in the box, turns his man and has options in the six yard box! He pulls it across goal and Rashford can shoot - but he leaves it! Lingard misses his kick. Rashford reacts furiously - he must have been given a shout to leave it. Dreadful call by Lingard if that is the case - he was surrounded. Loftus-Cheek turns his man, gets to the goal line... and overruns it. Goal kick. Martin Keown has suggested England have "under estimated the heat". A perilous situation indeed. 8:46PM 87 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Trippier hits a cross into the box, it's cleared by the first man. Loftus-Cheek goes on a nice run but none of his striker friends seem to read it. Tunisia are caught offside. 8:44PM 85 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 I hate to say it but Rashford has done more in the last five minutes than Sterling did for most of the game. He's won a corner now. OK. So. Here we have a thing. The goalkeeper has come to attack the corner and has literally punched John Stones in the head. The referee has given a free-kick to Tunisia. The goalkeeper punches a defender in the head and wins a free-kick. Am I going mental? Is this... is this... what is this? How is that a free-kick to the goalkeeper? I'm confused. Things don't look the same anymore. Am I through the looking glass? Inside the machine? Only time will tell my friends. And at the moment, Tunisia are wasting that time. Khazri walks off the pitch slooooooooowwwwwwwwwly to be replaced by Khalifa. 8:41PM 83 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 The free-kick is high to the back post... and Tunisia win a throw. Can they improve on this in the final 10 minutes? They've hardly had the ball in the England final third. Tunisia vs England 8:39PM 81 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Dele Alli off, Loftus-Cheek on. He should help with moving the ball around the Tunisia half. Henderson is fouled 35 yards out. Tunisia have defended really well tonight. 8:39PM 80 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Urgh. Young's free-kick is dreadful. Over the bar, nowhere near. Poor. Etc. 8:37PM 78 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Alli goes for a one-two, gets wiped out, and it's a free-kick to England in BECKHAM TERRITORY! Young can hit these. 8:36PM 77 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Promising attack from England! Rashford moves into the box, fires it wide to Trippier. Blocked. Rashford joins in again, twists, turns, twists, turns, and passes back to Henderson who hits a high pass to the back post... and Kane's attempted volley pass to Lingard produces nothing. 8:34PM 75 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Sliti is taken off, Ben Amor is on. He's more of a defensive midfielder than Sliti, who had a decent game tonight. Credit: AP The Tunisian goalkeeper Hassen is on the bench with his arm in a sling now. 8:32PM 73 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Tunisia have had to deal with pressure for the last 20 minutes or so but could now decide to use some energy taking the game to England. Sliti strides forward, the space opens up... he shoots! It's awful. Like swinging at the ball with a golf club. He punts into the air and it flies wide. 8:30PM 71 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 England have been lifted immediately! Alli gets in behind the defence and is one on one! But the goalkeeper is awake and quickly smothers. Alli is said to be offside anyway. He isn't. This referee has made some interesting decisions today. 8:28PM 70 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 First sub: Sterling off, Rashford on. Will he take this free-kick? It looks like Trippier and Young fancy it. Trippier takes it... and it's wide. Rashford is involved straight away! He carries the ball forward quickly and pokes it ahead of Kane... but a brilliant tackle by the defender takes it away from him. 8:26PM 68 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Possession: Tunisia vs England England have turned possession round even if they're not finding too many chances to really attack with it. Over the course of the game you'd probably say they've had the better of times. Tunisia vs England shots on goal England keep going backwards and sideways with their passing. Tunisia are defending with a low block and surrounding England players on the ball... and Kane has won a free-kick 25 yards out. 8:24PM 66 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Henderson is forward now so Alli drops to the six position with Lingard deeper too. Walker carries the ball out, Pickford comes off his line to help with the passing, Young has to go backwards. The midfield are getting caught too high up the pitch and the passing is all going sideways. 8:23PM 64 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 England are running a little low on ideas now and Martin Keown has suggested the heat in the stadium might be the cause. Here's a promising move though. Sterling on the left, Young doesn't read the backheel and then as soon as he touches the back of the defender, it's a free-kick to Tunisia. 8:22PM 62 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 This time no England players are thrown to the ground at the corner and Kane keeps the ball alive at the goal line. England keep up the pressure and then Sterling is... there's a free-kick. Sterling's holding the back of his marker's shirt. 8:19PM 60 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Good, patient passing from England in the final third. Kane can't get on the end of a cross from the right, Young tries an effort from the left, and Trippier then wins a corner after a brilliant long ball from Henderson finds him. Henderson's passing has been superb. 8:18PM 58 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Great running off the ball by Lingard. He spots Henderson is in danger of being overrun and drops back beside him to help the move. He doesn't get the ball but just being there gives security and an option to England. 8:15PM 56 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 England have Tunisia pinned back. It's a really high press and is making Tunisia work hard at the moment. Tunisia are so good with the ball though and manage to escape the first line of press. Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS In other news, a photographer has found a bat on the pitch. [Tyldesley] "But is there a Batman on the pitch? England could certainly do with one now!" [/Tyldesley] 8:12PM 54 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Ohhhhhhhh Khazri is in behind Maguire - who has been poor defensively tonight - and Pickford comes out his box to defend it! The referee blows for an offside (incorrectly) and ends the move. England get forward, Young's cross is cleared... England win a free-kick at halfway. 8:11PM 52 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Kane's been wrestled to the floor again. That's incredible. Honestly it's shocking - what is the VAR doing? This is infuriating to watch. England denied another huge shout at a penalty - if the player can't attack the ball because he's been thrown to the floor, surely it's a foul? Ah well. The corner doesn't end well for England because both Henderson and Kane have been taken out of the game. 8:09PM 50 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Tunisia seem calmer, more composed at the start of this half. Aaaand Meriah has passed straight out for a throw. Curse of the... live blogger. Tunisia moving the ball around really well here, England are having to work to cover the pitch and Tunisia are in the final third now. But Sterling's nipped in and the counter is on! Corner to England. 8:07PM 48 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Tunisia start well until a foul on Henderson gives England possession back. Sassi has a go at the referee for that decision too but it's a clear free-kick. England pass around the back for a while and Walker is on the right of the three centre-backs. Would there have been a penalty in the first half if Stones had been the central CB? 8:04PM KICK OFF 2 Dele Alli is OK to continue! He's back. Sterling is having to bat away about a million midges from his face. I realise it's hard to see them so I've highlighted the ones I can see easily in that photo. If you've ever been to Scotland in September, you will understand how annoying these things are. 8:03PM Just a friendly reminder That after a VAR review, this is not a penalty. Please remember that I am a neutral observer here. Anyway. Let's move on now, if we get another half as entertaining as that we'll all have a great time. 8:01PM England's xG is promising First half xG map for #Eng-#Tun good news: the football is coming home bad news: the football is a very dumb sport that no one likes pic.twitter.com/10Cvv5Mfj4— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) June 18, 2018 7:59PM England must improve their finishing Tunisia vs England shots on goal It's all very well creating the chances but England - obviously - have to take them. Sterling's miss was a dreadful effort as was Stones' scuffed volley attempt inside the box as Tunisia were scrambling. Oh and Lingard's too. They were all bad at it. 7:56PM This is an interesting decision He's literally thrown him to the ground. 7:54PM Rio Ferdinand blames Walker for the penalty "If Walker's body position was right there wouldn't be a penalty. A centre-half facing his own goal is criminal." 7:53PM Average shape Average touch positions (half time) It's all about the running from England's central midfielders. You can see how they all seem to be in central areas on that average position and it's really causing damage. One of Lingard, Alli, Kane or Sterling run from deep positions in behind the defenders and a ball over the top or down the wing puts them into situations where England can attack. Look how many touches they've had in the Tunisia box already: Tunisia vs England 7:49PM No flies on this one But there were before the game... That was really exciting. England created heaps of chances but as Alan Shearer has just said "at this level you have to score them". 7:48PM HALF TIME Oocha beasties. That was some half. England looked incredible for 20 minutes and then a bit of sloppiness and a silly foul has given their opponents a way back in. Sound familiar? 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - England 1 Tunisia 1 Henderson puts Pickford in a spot of bother but instead of staying calm, Pickford tries to launch the ball as many miles away as possible and ends up giving away a throw-in. England working their way forward in search of another goal before half time. Maaloul has had the ball hit off the side of his torso and has gone down howling. There's no way he's winded and Trippier goes across to find out what has actually happened to him. 7:44PM 45 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Maguire is England's most dangerous player at the moment! He heads a free-kick across the box and tees up Lingard for a sitter inside 12 yards. He fires over the bar. Awful. It turns out there's a deflection, so I withdraw my harsh criticism. The corner is gathered low by the goalkeeper in the second phase of the set piece. LINGARD IS IN AGAIN! Another pass over the top! One on one with the goalkeeper after a run from deep but his touch rolls agonisingly wide of the near post, hitting it instead of rolling in! So unlucky! 7:42PM 43 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 That shove on Kane in the penalty area is comical. I don't know what VAR are doing or whether I missed the seminar that first confirmed the collision of WWE and football into one super sport, but England should have a penalty. Happy to be proved wrong! 7:41PM 41 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 England win another free-kick in the Tunisia half. It's too far away to shoot, Trippier will take... but it's not up to much. Alli chases into the corner and wins back... and now there's a Tunisia throw. Credit: REUTERS 7:40PM 39 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Sterling wins a free-kick in the corner. Delph is getting ready to come on but Alli will be allowed to attack this free-kick first. Trippier hooks it in... and it's a panic in the box! Kane goes down in the area, it's headed across the box and onto the bar... Stones comes to swing a foot at it but gets it all wrong. Oh my god how is that not a penalty. Kane was literally thrown to the ground by his man-marker there. 7:37PM 37 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Well, well, well. Here we are. "You've got to be so careful in the modern game. I'm not sure I could play today!" says Keown. Maguire's made another mistake! Tunisia have three men, a man over... but the ball doesn't go right to him and is played left instead. Khazri slips... and the move is gone. Dele Alli is going to have to come off. 7:35PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! TUNISIA HAVE EQUALISED! Goal: Tunisia ( 35 min ) Sassi steps up, does a little shimmy in his run up and slots it low and hard into the bottom left corner. Pickford is soooo close to it. 7:34PM PENALTY TO TUNISIA! Instant decision by the referee! The ball is hooked into the area and Walker whacks the forward in the face! VAR has reviewed it and it's a definite penalty... Walker is demonstrating he was putting his arms out wide like wings to work out his position. Card: Tunisia 0 - 1 England (Kyle Walker, 33 min) Instead he's caught the striker in the face! 7:33PM 33 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 Sterling drops to take a pass to feet, fires it out to Trippier and gets a return pass. The ball is moved to the box, crossed low into the area... but the defender blocks at the front corner of the six yard box. Dele Alli is clutching his thigh and doing a bunch of stretching. Walker has moved to the central centre-back position. 7:31PM 31 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 Bronn has just gone absolutely nuts at the referee for daring to give a free-kick against him after rolling the ball up his arm like a basketball freestyler. I don't understand footballers sometimes. This is a great spot for a free-kick. Trippier chips it to the back post and MAGUIRE IS THERE! But the goalkeeper saves confidently. England keep up the high press and win possession back but Tunisia find a way to break. 7:28PM 29 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 Great delivery by Khazri but it's headed away inside 10 yards. England survive! Tunisia seem a little braver now though and are starting to get on the ball and run with it. 7:27PM 27 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 Pickford is quick off his line to close down a pass into space for Khazri. Maguire's been caught in possession though and suddenly Tunisia are all over them! The crowd gets excited and England panic! Maguire throws himself at the shot and deflects it behind. England completely switched off there. Poor. Tunisia corner. 7:24PM 24 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 The corner is taken by Khazri but misses everyone in the box. Sliti chases, beats Alli to the ball and then fancies a shot himself from distance... but launches it miles away. The ball's somewhere in the crowd. Miss: Tunisia 0 - 1 England (Naim Sliti, 23 min) Kane finds Young on the left, Young cuts inside and chips to Lingard at the back post. Oh my word he's unmarked... the ball lands at his feet! He must score! Lingard misses! Miss: Tunisia 0 - 1 England (Jesse Lingard, 24 min) I hate the cliche but that seemed like he too much time and didn't know what to with himself. 7:22PM 22 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 Credit: PA England are knocking the ball about beautifully and get men forward but Tunisia steal the ball and can break! But Young is quickly on the case and England win it back. I am so impressed by this performance so far. Martin Keown says "dare I say it, this is some of the best football we've seen at the tournament so far." But now Tunisia have found a way to attack and it is down the right wing. Bronn gets all the way to the box and wins a corner. He's meant to be a centre-back and Young hasn't dealt with it well, leaving his position. 7:20PM 20 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 It's like a 3-3-3-1 formation really, or it is when Sterling drops slightly deeper. Will Tunisia do as Nigeria did and copy the shape for the second half? Or immediately? Because they're really struggling. 7:19PM 18 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 England's shape is working really well. Henderson, who I've doubts about as a six, is holding it all together in the build-up play. He needs to keep this up all game long to ensure England's build up works from the back. England - honestly - are playing really well. This is a fantastic move now, there's loads of running off the ball, there are numbers in midfield... and Henderson has a chance to shoot from distance after Trippier's cross is missed by all. He forces a decent save from the new goalkeeper. 7:16PM 16 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 After a lengthy break, Pickford hoofs the ball up the pitch and England win the second ball. Tunisia press them high up the pitch and force a goal kick as Walker has to try and ping it away rather than keep up the short passes. 7:14PM 14 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 The goalkeeper has gone down again. Poor guy. That save was awesome. The physios attend to him as the substitute goalie gets warmed-up. Hassen has to leave the pitch in tears, given kisses on the way by his taemmates. He's going to be replaced by Mustapha. 7:11PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ENGLAND HAVE SCORED! Stones absolutely batters a header at goal and the goalkeeper somehow claws it out of the net with an incredible, strong hand. He can only pass it to Kane though, who makes no mistake. Will the goal be given to Kane or Stones? I think it might have been over the line! Tunisia 0 - 1 England (Harry Kane, 11 min) 7:11PM 11 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 England win a corner as Kane finds space to take a shot from 20 yards. Young comes across to take it. 7:10PM 10 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 The crowd are cheering Tunisia's passing but as Martin Keown has jsut said "Oh they can definitely play". And as I type that a pass goes straight out for a throw. 7:08PM 8 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 What a start by England though. They look fired up and are moving really well. Hassen, the goalkeeper, still doesn't look happy with his... shoulder? Goalkeeping ability? The scenario he finds himself in? Something's up anyway. Ben Youssef.F has gone down holding his chin as Young puts his forearm into his face. I'm not sure that's intentional but it definitely hurt. Will the referee review it? Nope. He is safe to wound more with his deadly elbow. Beware, sweet Tunisians. 7:06PM 6 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 CHANCE FOR STERLING! Ooooohhhh he's missed an open goal. It's OK though, he's offisde. Well, Lingard is. Even though he's not. If that makes sense. Lingard is played in on goal, passes across the box and Sterling is at the back post but makes a total mess of things. The goalkeeper's down on the floor receiving treatment but I'm not sure why. They're trying to fix his arm... but he didn't touch anything with it. Is he just trying to calm this down? 7:03PM 4 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 Great pass! Alli is in down the right! He's in the box after a brilliant pass by Henderson but the cross is blocked and it drops for LINGAAAARD - SAVED! Great save by the goalkeeper and it's a corner! Maguire comes up for the set piece and attacks the header... it's a free header, it bounces into the turf and the goalie scrambles to touch it away. Tunisia ball. 7:01PM 2 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 Trippier tries a pass over the top into the right channel for Lingard but puts it out for a goal kick after England spend some time getting to know the ball. Tunisia build from the back... but Alli has stolen it in their half. Kane loses possession... but now the goalkeeper has passed out for a throw-in. He looks nervous. 7:00PM KICK OFF AAAAARGH IT'S FINALLY TIME! England get the game started! 6:58PM The referees Three are from Colombia and one is Costa Rican. 6:57PM Singing check I've checked every England player and each one is singing the national anthem. Well done. Passion wise... I have to say it's not great. All low register, no diaphragm, no great feel - I just don't believe it, you know? But maybe that's their style. 6:55PM National anthems 6:54PM Who's going to win? The players are coming out onto the pitch! Here we go! But there's time to put a bit of cash on it! And we even have some tips for you. Betting guide: prediction and tips for England v Tunisia 6:53PM Stay up to date We've got some great little bits for you to play with and keep you up to date during the tournament. I particularly recommend joining our Whatsapp group so you can get news, updates and analysis sent to your phone! World Cup whatsapp promo 6:49PM Paul Hayward in Russia "A distinct absence of royalty and government ministers on the VIP list in Volgograd, but English football is represented by Sol Campbell, David Gill and Lindsay Skoll, Britain's deputy ambassador in Moscow. And Arsene Wenger, an honorary Englishman." Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:48PM The importance of England's wing-backs Another clever little bit of problem solving from Southgate has been addressing the lack of a left-winger - that other English tradition. Wing-backs are the solution and having them has ensured that central attacking midfielders like Alli, Sterling and Lingard can play in the same team without being shunted out into ineffective positions. If Nigeria had the ball on the right (in a recent friendly), Ashley Young pushed high up the left side of the pitch, if Nigeria were on the left, Kieran Trippier pushed forward. In possession, the player opposite the side the ball is on pushes high and wide to offer a switched pass. Here's Young doing exactly that: The full-back on the opposite side of the pitch to the ball pushes high to provide an outlet Credit: England ITV The shape becomes a 3-1-4-2 at times as the wing-backs join in attacks, stretching the pitch and opening up space for the central midfielders to run into or pass into. England in their attacking shape And because they are wing-backs rather than wingers, Young and Trippier must hold slightly deeper positions, meaning they are usually in place to either receive a switched pass, free to attack space at the back post or simply act as a means of stretching the pitch. England Ashley Young gif During attacks in the final third, this means England have a heap of different runners all moving into similar positions - something incredibly difficult to defend against. Here's an example of the different runs England made during a dangerous attack against Nigeria. Young is the player free on the left. England flood the box with multiple runners in attack Credit: England ITV Nigeria 6:46PM That England training shirt though Credit: FIFA I'm such a fan of this training top. And I'm Scottish. Can you imagine the confusion inside my brain? I'm saying this should be the actual England kit rather than the plain Jane one that they have. Credit: FIFA 6:45PM Gareth Southgate: "The time for talking's finished" Really looking forward to the challenge, looking forward to watching the players perform. We've got some really good characters in the starting team and the squad itself. It's not just about tonight, first of all there's three games to get through but we're looking forward to tonight's match. How will Tunisia approach this? Well if it's what we've seen probably 4-5-1, they were very well organised in their last game against Spain, they use the ball very well so its a threat. To win any game in a World Cup is difficult so we've got to be at our best. Who issues the rallying cry now? It's me! I've got to come up with something else, they don't like to do it. The time for talking's finished, we've got to perform tonight. 6:40PM Let's get pumped Unfortunately, as far as I'm aware, Tunisia don't have quite as iconic a pop record to spur their players on. So in pursuit of balance, I will award them one of the greatest songs ever written: 6:35PM The stadium The BBC have just shown footage of England players spraying themselves with bug spray. There are a heap of flies causing them bother and weirdly, according to Patrice Evra earlier, it really is a hindrance. He played in a game with flies everywhere but they only filled one half. Matt Law has just sent me this: The flies are already annoying Raheem Sterling, who is trying to swat them away while he warms up. England's players have now got out the deet and are covering themselves in it to try to get rid of the flies. 6:31PM Frank Lampard on the rivalry at club level having an effect on England squads Lampard "We're so competitive that the idea of coming to be a team is not so simple as Argentina who come from all over the world." Alan Shearer "I don't agree cliques made a difference. Spain had Real Madrid and Barcelona." 6:30PM Rio Ferdinand on his past England managers "There was elements of some of the managers that we didn't like. Tactically we were very rigid under Cappello too, 4-4-2. Gerrard, Lampard, Hargreaves, Beckham, Scholes we payed 4-4-2 without any ability to move and be fluid. The buck stops with us as players." 6:28PM England are playing in red Credit: FIFA Tunisia get the white because they are technically the home team. Credit: FIFA 6:24PM Lampard on Southgate "He's played a blinder so far!" says Lampard of Southgate's job with England. Rio Ferdinand is impressed too: "It was totally different when we played. It was us vs the press, we hated them, they hated us. Gareth was in those squads and now he's totally changed it and integrated them" 6:22PM Tactics tactics tactics Here's me talking about some of England's tactics and the importance of the wing-backs tonight. 6:19PM Matt Law updates from the stadium "We are all covered in deet inside the Volgograd Arena, but it's not making much difference. The flies are everywhere!" Sounds... really annoying. In case you weren't sure, deet is insect repellent. 6:12PM Another nice England stat 248 - England's starting XI has a cumulative total of 248 caps between them; the lowest by an England starting XI in an international tournament since June 1962 (246 caps v Bulgaria). Fresh.#ENG#TUN#ENGTUN#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UrcT1fAoCC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2018 6:11PM Who are Tunisia's key players? Youssef Msakni is Tunisia's star player, the main creator and the usual source of goals. He is injured and didn't make it to the World Cup, which is pretty sad. Without him, the job of creating scoring opportunities has to be shared by the rest of the team - but who's any good at that? The best player actually available... is probably Wahbi Khazri, who had a decent season on loan at Rennes but when he's played for Sunderland he has been less than impressive. Certainly whenever I've seen him play I haven't though 'wow what a player' and you know that's legit because I support Aberdeen. Most players make me do that. There really aren't any real standouts in the Tunisia team - they are strong as a unit but individually shouldn't cause too many problems. Traditionally England's problem has been the exact opposite. Let's see what happens! 6:05PM Southgate's unfamiliar team 9 - For their 9th successive World Cup tournament, England's starting XI in their opening game have never all previously started a England game together before. Unfamiliar.#WorldCup#ENG#TUN#ENGTUN— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2018 Southgate must be fairly pleased with what he's seen in training for this to be the case! 6:03PM The Tunisia team I've finally managed to find the official Tunisia Twitter account. Here it is: ��⚪ OFFICIEL : Le 11 de départ de la Tunisie face à l'Angleterre : #TUNENG ������������������ #TUN#CM2018 Hassen- Bronn, S.Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul - Skhiri, Sassi, Sliti- Badri, F.Ben Youssef, Khazri. pic.twitter.com/QVvLaAahhA— Tunisie Football (@tunisiefootball) June 18, 2018 Tunisia Hassen; Bronn, S.Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul; Skhiri, Sassi, Sliti, Badri, F.Ben Youssef; Khazri 5:58PM Jason Burt on England's chances 5:54PM England fans 'outnumbered' England fans admit to feeling outnumbered by their Tunisian counterparts, but remain hopeful of a victory. 5:53PM Inside the stadium Credit: FIFA The players are out on the pitch having a look around. Credit: FIFA 5:49PM England's team England (3-5-2) Pickford; Stones, Walker, Maguire, Trippier, Young; Henderson, Alli, Lingard; Sterling, Kane. 5:48PM The team is in! Here it is: the #ThreeLions line-up for our opening game at the 2018 #WorldCup. pic.twitter.com/FNHUHn2vAk— England (@England) June 18, 2018 5:46PM Team news should be here very soon England Formation Builder In the meantime you can pick your own starting XI. It'll very likely be a 3-5-2, which looks like a 5-3-2 in defence and a 3-1-4-2 in attack. I'd have Kane and Sterling up front, Alli and... maybe Lingard as AMC and then Delph at six. Rose left, Walker right and Cahill, Stones... and someone else in defence. Maybe Walker actually. 5:43PM Fans making their way into the stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES How will the players' nerves be just now? So often they fall apart mentally at these tournaments but with that lovely looking sky maybe they'll be all relaxed and chill. Our man Paul Hayward has written this: It's now or never for England - time to cure the World Cup chaos 5:37PM The bus is here HONK HONK HONK! [Tyldesley] "England have parked the bus successfully before the game, but will Tunisia do so during it?" [/Tyldesley] England have arrived #TSworldcup#threelionspic.twitter.com/k6EqWi3PUx— Nigel Adderley (@nadderley) June 18, 2018 5:36PM My favourite Tunisia fact It's where they filmed Tatooine scenes in Star Wars! [Puts on Clive Tyldesley hat] "But will England's players have the Force tonight?" [/Tyldesley] Top 10 | Countries to star in Star Wars 5:32PM Tunisia's World Cup record World Cup record: Tunisia It's not great. 5:29PM This is nice to see Tunisia and England fans making friends in Russia... �� pic.twitter.com/NhjptB4cUT— COPA90 (@COPA90) June 18, 2018 I can't confirm but I'd imagine I think I'm safe in assuming a few people in England may have already gathered in lovely pubs too. Is it worth going early to get a seat? Personally, I quite enjoy the thrill of standing up, mostly because it ensures you can't spill a table of drinks when you go bezerk if your team scores. 5:23PM Where is today's game? That would be the Volgograd Arena, which is in - you guessed it - Volgograd, Russia. World Cup 2018 stadium: Volgograd Arena In real life, it looks like this: Credit: PA A bit like the Colosseum, if it had been made by enormous metal spiders. Or as though the designer found it in a book of absent minded doodles he'd made during his boring real job. 5:18PM Meanwhile, in Group G Belgium are leading Panama after Dries Mertens' superb volley. You can read all about that over in Rob Bagchi's liveblog but come back for the England build-up. And Tunisia, of course. As for both teams' future rivals, I'd say Belgium don't look all that, and Panama are nowhere near as poor as some may have expected. For Belgium, imagine Wigan but with some much better players. The system has massive gaps and England - assuming they got off to a decent start - should be able to deal with both them and Panama comfortably. 5:11PM Jamie Carragher on Southgate Carragher on Southgate 5:05PM How will England approach this game? I spent ages before the World Cup kicked-off researching several teams' tactical approach to these finals. Here's my take on England. World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 5:00PM It's England in a World Cup! Hello everyone and welcome to our live coverage of England vs Tunisia, a massive first appearance of the 2018 World Cup for Gareth Southgate's band of merry men. And they do appear to be pretty happy this time - the tournament tactics have extended beyond what happens on the pitch. Nothing's been left to chance! But England are going to need luck if they are to go far. Tunisia might not have the calibre of player you'd normally see steaming around the Premier League but as a team they're very capable and actually really talented on the ball. Southgate has made it clear in all his pre-match chats on camera that Tunisia move the ball well and are technically proficient and by all accounts, England's players aren't underestimating them either. The hope will be, for England fans, that they can stay composed, enjoy the game and show off some of their own silky skills. Credit: AFP The big question though: are England any good? It's really hard to tell but as a neutral (Scottish...) I'd say they're a solid mid-level team on a par with someone like Denmark. There's a lack of composure and vision in midfield and it means creating chances has to be done in a different way. Southgate's solution to this issue has been to up the tempo of passing, get attacking midfielders in advanced central positions where they can dart around in space and with three central defenders, a defensive shield. They want to bypass the midfield and move the ball down the channels quickly, getting it into the box when in the final third and provide Harry Kane with ammunition to take a shot or two. He loves taking shots too. The team news will be in soon and then we'll find out exactly how Southgate is approaching this one. The players know the team. Let's hope it's a good one!
World Cup 2018: Harry Kane rescues England as they beat Tunisia in opening match
Player ratings: who performed and who didn't? England warned to expect tough approach from Panama ​ England vs Panama, World Cup 2018: When and where in Russia is the Group G match, what time does it start and what TV channel is it on? ​ Harry Kane said he might well score three like Cristiano Ronaldo. People tittered. Instead it was just the two for the England captain as he struck the goals to gain England a precious victory in their opening Group G fixture against an obdurate, organised and occasionally cynical Tunisia. It mattered in terms of perception as well as points. These were Kane’s first tournament goals and he, and England, are up and running. What a contribution from the captain. At times England wrestled with familiar failings. At times, Tunisia just wrestled and not least when it came to dealing with Kane who was dragged to the turf on at least two occasions inside the penalty area. The first probably was rightly not given, as John Stones already appeared to have committed a foul, but the second appeared a blatant penalty. Where was the video assistant referee (VAR)? After being overwhelmed at set-pieces early on the Tunisians resorted to grapple tactics which seemed to have hauled England down into a usual sense of stifling frustration especially in an increasingly drifting second-half. The Tunisians swarmed around England like the midges and mosquitoes that plagued this stadium on the banks of the River Volga and so irritated the players. Credit: GETTY IMAGES That was until injury-time when Harry Maguire, who was also being regularly man-handled, finally found some space to meet a corner and flick the ball towards the back-post where Kane had drifted free and headed home. Except it was not as simple as that. The forward could easily have sent the chance over the bar but he twisted his body, strained his neck and whipped it into the net in the tight space between goalkeeper and goal-frame. In fact both of Kane’s goals came from corners. Thankfully, unlike at Euro 2016, he was not tasked with taking them. What a finish and what a finish to this match. In a city, formerly Stalingrad, where history hangs heavy, England had felt their own footballing history beginning to burden them once again after such a luminous start. Stay calm under pressure. Find a solution. They had been key messages from manager Gareth Southgate. And for once England eventually did just that. Southgate had urged England to attack the tournament, attack the World Cup. They did that also until adversity and errors struck. But they overcame them. They, hopefully, removed a mental block in doing so. How wonderful would that be? This result means that, for the first time in five tournaments, since 2006 in fact, England have won their opening game. Next up it is Panama and then Belgium and a last-16 place should now be in their grasp. The 2,000 England fans inside this stadium sang and sang at the final whistle. What a relief. Forward trio too good for Tunisia in opening 45 minutes England have to rely on corners There are issues. Defensively England remain far from assured with Ashley Young - whose place will be under threat from Danny Rose - and Maguire making some wrong decisions and the 3-5-2 under question while debate will re-open over the effectiveness of Raheem Sterling who appeared shorn of confidence after a woeful early miss and lasted barely an hour before being replaced by the far more effective Marcus Rashford while there was rich food for thought in the positive contribution of Ruben Loftus-Cheek who appears to have that bit of subtilty to unpick a packed defence. There were positives also with Kieran Trippier outstandingly creative down the right flank, Kane predatory and Jordan Henderson fully justifying his selection as the midfield anchor. Tunisia vs England shots on goal In terms of attacking intent, in terms of chances created the first-half was among England’s most impressive 45 minute periods for decades - even if it was eventually let down by defensive frailty and weak finishing. England will rage about the penalty they conceded but, even before then, they should have been out of sight. Tunisia vs England shots on goal They missed chance after chance after chance and scored just once, striking the frame of the goal twice. They had to be more ruthless and it seemed they would be just that as Kane scored on 11 minutes as Stones met Young’s corner with a superb leap, an even more superb header and goalkeeper Mouez Hassen somehow clawed it out. Unfortunately for him it dropped to Kane who side-foot volleyed into the net from close-range. Before that Hassen had kept Tunisia in it as he did well to divert Jesse Lingard’s deflected shot away for a corner. Even so Lingard had to score and had to score when he then miscued a volley into the side-netting. Sterling, also, had to score but scuffed wide the goal beckoning while after conceding Hassen could not carry on, having already hurt his shoulder, and departed in tears. The goalkeeper had also denied Maguire, clawing away his header. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The concern began to creep and England were caught out with Kyle Walker, foolishly, throwing his arm back as he contested a cross and catching Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the face. The forward went down, claiming the offence and the Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the penalty spot. Ferjani Sassi took seven steps back, strolled up and stroked his right footed shot into the corner of the goal. Jordan Pickford guessed right, got a finger tip to the ball but was beaten. It was coolly executed. A sassy penalty by Sassi. England vs Tunisia Player ratings Again focus had been lost by England. But they summoned a response with Maguire’s header headed out from on the goal-line and onto the bar. The rebound fell to Stones but he snatched at it and the ball rolled wide before Trippier cleverly set Lingard through and although he flicked his shot past substitute goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha it struck the outside of the post. England were inexperienced of course, with nine players making their World Cup debuts, and maybe it began to show as Tunisia defended ever deeper and were determined to hold on by any means they could. Time was running out but that was until Kane intervened. Ronaldo had scored those three goals for Portugal against Spain last week and Kane said he fancied vying for 'The Golden Boot' as the World Cup top-scorer. Good for him. Good for England. 10:45PM Harry Maguire reaction Huge win. What a feeling �������������������� @Englandpic.twitter.com/nF6XWXpaGi— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) June 18, 2018 10:31PM Sam Wallace on Gareth Southgate Of everything Southgate has done with this England team - encouraging them to take risks, to ignore the usual fears and hang-ups - his autumn change to a 3-5-2 formation once qualification was over was fundamental to the whole plan. Read more in Sam Wallace's article here. 10:31PM To be honest, I'm not surprised Interesting stat after #TUNENG. Second lowest of all games so far, for Actual Playing Time. Just 49'38". pic.twitter.com/xRZWwv6vC1— Alex Stone (@AlexStone7) June 18, 2018 9:39PM Kane scored two goals despite eating midges "There were a lot more than we thought. We had a lot of bug spray on, before the game, and at half-time. I got some (flies) in the eye, some in my mouth." Bluuuuuurgh. 9:38PM Great news I am. https://t.co/5V9Xf7uidT— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) June 18, 2018 9:37PM Reaction Harry Kane meanwhile did what everyone kept telling him he needs to do: kept his nerve, saved his team, made a statement to the other leading strikers out here.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) June 18, 2018 THE LIMBS. LOOK AT THE LIMBS. CANCEL CLUB FOOTBALL LETS DO THIS 365 DAYS A YEAR https://t.co/KcQShfn63D— Eli (@ElMengem) June 18, 2018 "I know the pubs would have been erupting back home. I was that kid watching in the pubs before, I know what that's like" Hero @HKane sums up what it means to score the winner Watch the World Cup LIVE on @ITV#ENG#TUNENG#ThreeLionspic.twitter.com/gpESSQ9fUk— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 18, 2018 9:33PM A bit of analysis Fascinating match. I've not seen an England team so confident, calm in possession and adept at building play from the back who don't also revert to type in the final few moments and throw on 18 strikers to hump the ball long to. Southgate's team built from the back and stayed patient. It moves the opposition around, makes them work hard and as soon as Rashford and Loftus-Cheek injected a bit of forward-thinking and pace to that second half, the movement and forward passing really caused problems. The other thing to commend Southgate for is his clear focus on set pieces. Maguire was brilliant as a target in the box and had it not been for the intervening hands and wrestling skills of Tunisia's defence, England would probably have scored more. Henderson was superb as a six, holding the line between the wing-backs during build-up and rarely roaming from his position. On the times he did attack, Alli and Lingard knew to watch the midfield and dropped back to maintain the shape. This is a well drilled, organised and disciplined England and the benefit of that is the forwards can have way more fun, able to rely on a solid base further back. 9:25PM Kane with his MOTM trophy Credit: FIFA I'm pretty sure there's no beer inside it. 9:23PM What a find this is 1: John Barnes vs Ireland in 1990 2: Harry Maguire vs Tunisia There's only one way to beat them Get round the back pic.twitter.com/mTTLwlxLE3— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) June 18, 2018 9:22PM England fans going nuts England fans going nuts after Harry Kane’s late goal! #ENG#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/vltfWN7Wc0— COPA90 (@COPA90) June 18, 2018 9:21PM Kyle Walker I think the entire squad is going to a press interview at this rate. Here's Walker: "It shows the work we've put in, believing in ourselves, the system, got the goal which always feels better in the later stages. "I think in the Premier League probably would have got away with it. Trips gave us a shout to leave it so I just tried to shield the ball. "We created a lot of chances but we're not the finished article. There's two more important games we need to go and pick up points now. "I'm not a big talker, I know everyone likes to have their own thoughts but I said I'll run. "It's good. It's a pat on the back for us but there's two important games. We just prepare well and hopefully the points will come." 9:17PM Southgate says "I think the way we kept playing even though the clock was running down, we waited for good opportunities and I think we deserved the win. We had total control of the game second half, strong on set plays all night. Even had we drawn, which would have made life difficult, I would have been proud of the performance. "We'll do well to make as many chances in a game in this tournament. The movement, the control from the back with the ball. Good teams score goals and [keeping the ball helped tire Tunisia]. "The squad have been brilliant, the team selection was so difficult and to bring the substitutes on and them make the impact they did, everyone's worked so hard to come together. "We've given ourselves a great platform to build from, in particular the level of performance but there's a lot of work to do still. Panama will be a tough test in a different way. We can enjoy tonight, I hope everyone at home enjoys tonight. "He's a top, top striker and I'm delighted for him. It's great we've got him in the team, he took his goals very well." 9:11PM Harry Maguire with less of a 'by numbers' interview "We thought the penalty was a bit soft. "We stuck to our shape and knew we'd get the next goal. "It was tough out there, really warm, started well but missed clearcut chances which you don't get at this level very often. "We knew we'd get more but they changed the shape to match us to a three, more like a five. "It was as much a penalty as what they got. He's always going to get that chance, he's going to be a huge player for us. "There were a couple of nervy passes in the first. It's a big occasion, my first game at this high pressure, you've got to focus, concentrate and I felt I grew into the game. "It's a massive three points but it's only three points and we've got another big game coming up." 9:07PM Player ratings Who stood out for you? Here's our verdict: England vs Tunisia Player ratings 9:06PM Matt Law's verdict England 2-1 Tunisia | Did Southgate's big calls pay off? 9:06PM Jordan Henderson says "I thought we kept going. It paid off tonight with a big win. "I still felt positive, we wanted to get the game going again. We didn't maybe we were thinking about the chances we missed, in the World Cup you've got to keep going. In the second half we did that, kept fighting, didn't play as well but they defended deeper, a lot better as well. "We said you can be friends off the field but on the field you're fighting your mate next to you, for each other. For the whole process we've said keep going to the final whistle and think that showed tonight." 9:03PM Alan Shearer says "I would love one of the VAR people to come out and explain that. They told us before the start they were going to keep an eye on that." 9:02PM This is how many chances it took England to win that Tunisia vs England shots on goal 9:01PM Harry Kane post-match "I thought we played really well, could have scored a few more, credit to the lads we kept going, got to the last second and we're absolutely buzzing. "We spoke a lot about togetherness, we've got a great bond off the pitch which is nice. "I think a few corners we had so much joy from corners, they were trying to stop us and hold us, that's football, that's the ref and it shows good character to do what we've done. "I'm really proud. We've done a lot of work, it was tough, we got the nerves and excitement out the way. I'm so proud." 8:59PM The goal in pictures Credit: AP Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: PA 8:57PM Tunisia players leave the pitch in tears The coaching staff get on the pitch and console an absolutely gutted team of Tunisians. They were so close to a point that could have given real hope of qualification there. Belgium didn't look too special earlier today so there is a chance but it's probably fair to write off Panama at this stage. 8:54PM What a time to win it "Release!" is Martin Keown's rather-too-much information feeling at the final whistle. England showed real character to stay in that one, drawing that would have been a very pre-2018 England thing to do. 8:53PM FULL TIME That's it! England win and it's deserved. Two goals from Harry Kane seal the three points in a hard-fought win over a tricky Tunisia side. 8:52PM 90 mins +3 - England 2 Tunisia 1 Lingard off, Dier off. Southgate is delighted, he was bouncing along the touchline when that goal went in. Interesting that Tunisia decided not to pick up Kane and put him on the floor this time. 8:49PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! IT'S HARRY KANE! Tunisia 1 - 2 England (Harry Kane, 90 + 1 min) The corner is brilliant! Maguire heads it on and Kane is at hte back post - unmarked! Nobody hauls him to the ground this time and he turns the header into the goal from a few yards. It's a brilliant finish! 8:49PM 90 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 It's still all England. They do really well to pass to half way... and then run out of ideas. Or have they? Maaaaaybe. Loftus-Cheek wins a corner. Four minutes of added time to come. 8:48PM 89 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Loftus-Cheek has done well since coming on. He's in the box, turns his man and has options in the six yard box! He pulls it across goal and Rashford can shoot - but he leaves it! Lingard misses his kick. Rashford reacts furiously - he must have been given a shout to leave it. Dreadful call by Lingard if that is the case - he was surrounded. Loftus-Cheek turns his man, gets to the goal line... and overruns it. Goal kick. Martin Keown has suggested England have "under estimated the heat". A perilous situation indeed. 8:46PM 87 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Trippier hits a cross into the box, it's cleared by the first man. Loftus-Cheek goes on a nice run but none of his striker friends seem to read it. Tunisia are caught offside. 8:44PM 85 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 I hate to say it but Rashford has done more in the last five minutes than Sterling did for most of the game. He's won a corner now. OK. So. Here we have a thing. The goalkeeper has come to attack the corner and has literally punched John Stones in the head. The referee has given a free-kick to Tunisia. The goalkeeper punches a defender in the head and wins a free-kick. Am I going mental? Is this... is this... what is this? How is that a free-kick to the goalkeeper? I'm confused. Things don't look the same anymore. Am I through the looking glass? Inside the machine? Only time will tell my friends. And at the moment, Tunisia are wasting that time. Khazri walks off the pitch slooooooooowwwwwwwwwly to be replaced by Khalifa. 8:41PM 83 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 The free-kick is high to the back post... and Tunisia win a throw. Can they improve on this in the final 10 minutes? They've hardly had the ball in the England final third. Tunisia vs England 8:39PM 81 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Dele Alli off, Loftus-Cheek on. He should help with moving the ball around the Tunisia half. Henderson is fouled 35 yards out. Tunisia have defended really well tonight. 8:39PM 80 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Urgh. Young's free-kick is dreadful. Over the bar, nowhere near. Poor. Etc. 8:37PM 78 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Alli goes for a one-two, gets wiped out, and it's a free-kick to England in BECKHAM TERRITORY! Young can hit these. 8:36PM 77 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Promising attack from England! Rashford moves into the box, fires it wide to Trippier. Blocked. Rashford joins in again, twists, turns, twists, turns, and passes back to Henderson who hits a high pass to the back post... and Kane's attempted volley pass to Lingard produces nothing. 8:34PM 75 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Sliti is taken off, Ben Amor is on. He's more of a defensive midfielder than Sliti, who had a decent game tonight. Credit: AP The Tunisian goalkeeper Hassen is on the bench with his arm in a sling now. 8:32PM 73 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Tunisia have had to deal with pressure for the last 20 minutes or so but could now decide to use some energy taking the game to England. Sliti strides forward, the space opens up... he shoots! It's awful. Like swinging at the ball with a golf club. He punts into the air and it flies wide. 8:30PM 71 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 England have been lifted immediately! Alli gets in behind the defence and is one on one! But the goalkeeper is awake and quickly smothers. Alli is said to be offside anyway. He isn't. This referee has made some interesting decisions today. 8:28PM 70 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 First sub: Sterling off, Rashford on. Will he take this free-kick? It looks like Trippier and Young fancy it. Trippier takes it... and it's wide. Rashford is involved straight away! He carries the ball forward quickly and pokes it ahead of Kane... but a brilliant tackle by the defender takes it away from him. 8:26PM 68 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Possession: Tunisia vs England England have turned possession round even if they're not finding too many chances to really attack with it. Over the course of the game you'd probably say they've had the better of times. Tunisia vs England shots on goal England keep going backwards and sideways with their passing. Tunisia are defending with a low block and surrounding England players on the ball... and Kane has won a free-kick 25 yards out. 8:24PM 66 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Henderson is forward now so Alli drops to the six position with Lingard deeper too. Walker carries the ball out, Pickford comes off his line to help with the passing, Young has to go backwards. The midfield are getting caught too high up the pitch and the passing is all going sideways. 8:23PM 64 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 England are running a little low on ideas now and Martin Keown has suggested the heat in the stadium might be the cause. Here's a promising move though. Sterling on the left, Young doesn't read the backheel and then as soon as he touches the back of the defender, it's a free-kick to Tunisia. 8:22PM 62 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 This time no England players are thrown to the ground at the corner and Kane keeps the ball alive at the goal line. England keep up the pressure and then Sterling is... there's a free-kick. Sterling's holding the back of his marker's shirt. 8:19PM 60 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Good, patient passing from England in the final third. Kane can't get on the end of a cross from the right, Young tries an effort from the left, and Trippier then wins a corner after a brilliant long ball from Henderson finds him. Henderson's passing has been superb. 8:18PM 58 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Great running off the ball by Lingard. He spots Henderson is in danger of being overrun and drops back beside him to help the move. He doesn't get the ball but just being there gives security and an option to England. 8:15PM 56 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 England have Tunisia pinned back. It's a really high press and is making Tunisia work hard at the moment. Tunisia are so good with the ball though and manage to escape the first line of press. Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS In other news, a photographer has found a bat on the pitch. [Tyldesley] "But is there a Batman on the pitch? England could certainly do with one now!" [/Tyldesley] 8:12PM 54 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Ohhhhhhhh Khazri is in behind Maguire - who has been poor defensively tonight - and Pickford comes out his box to defend it! The referee blows for an offside (incorrectly) and ends the move. England get forward, Young's cross is cleared... England win a free-kick at halfway. 8:11PM 52 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Kane's been wrestled to the floor again. That's incredible. Honestly it's shocking - what is the VAR doing? This is infuriating to watch. England denied another huge shout at a penalty - if the player can't attack the ball because he's been thrown to the floor, surely it's a foul? Ah well. The corner doesn't end well for England because both Henderson and Kane have been taken out of the game. 8:09PM 50 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Tunisia seem calmer, more composed at the start of this half. Aaaand Meriah has passed straight out for a throw. Curse of the... live blogger. Tunisia moving the ball around really well here, England are having to work to cover the pitch and Tunisia are in the final third now. But Sterling's nipped in and the counter is on! Corner to England. 8:07PM 48 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Tunisia start well until a foul on Henderson gives England possession back. Sassi has a go at the referee for that decision too but it's a clear free-kick. England pass around the back for a while and Walker is on the right of the three centre-backs. Would there have been a penalty in the first half if Stones had been the central CB? 8:04PM KICK OFF 2 Dele Alli is OK to continue! He's back. Sterling is having to bat away about a million midges from his face. I realise it's hard to see them so I've highlighted the ones I can see easily in that photo. If you've ever been to Scotland in September, you will understand how annoying these things are. 8:03PM Just a friendly reminder That after a VAR review, this is not a penalty. Please remember that I am a neutral observer here. Anyway. Let's move on now, if we get another half as entertaining as that we'll all have a great time. 8:01PM England's xG is promising First half xG map for #Eng-#Tun good news: the football is coming home bad news: the football is a very dumb sport that no one likes pic.twitter.com/10Cvv5Mfj4— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) June 18, 2018 7:59PM England must improve their finishing Tunisia vs England shots on goal It's all very well creating the chances but England - obviously - have to take them. Sterling's miss was a dreadful effort as was Stones' scuffed volley attempt inside the box as Tunisia were scrambling. Oh and Lingard's too. They were all bad at it. 7:56PM This is an interesting decision He's literally thrown him to the ground. 7:54PM Rio Ferdinand blames Walker for the penalty "If Walker's body position was right there wouldn't be a penalty. A centre-half facing his own goal is criminal." 7:53PM Average shape Average touch positions (half time) It's all about the running from England's central midfielders. You can see how they all seem to be in central areas on that average position and it's really causing damage. One of Lingard, Alli, Kane or Sterling run from deep positions in behind the defenders and a ball over the top or down the wing puts them into situations where England can attack. Look how many touches they've had in the Tunisia box already: Tunisia vs England 7:49PM No flies on this one But there were before the game... That was really exciting. England created heaps of chances but as Alan Shearer has just said "at this level you have to score them". 7:48PM HALF TIME Oocha beasties. That was some half. England looked incredible for 20 minutes and then a bit of sloppiness and a silly foul has given their opponents a way back in. Sound familiar? 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - England 1 Tunisia 1 Henderson puts Pickford in a spot of bother but instead of staying calm, Pickford tries to launch the ball as many miles away as possible and ends up giving away a throw-in. England working their way forward in search of another goal before half time. Maaloul has had the ball hit off the side of his torso and has gone down howling. There's no way he's winded and Trippier goes across to find out what has actually happened to him. 7:44PM 45 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Maguire is England's most dangerous player at the moment! He heads a free-kick across the box and tees up Lingard for a sitter inside 12 yards. He fires over the bar. Awful. It turns out there's a deflection, so I withdraw my harsh criticism. The corner is gathered low by the goalkeeper in the second phase of the set piece. LINGARD IS IN AGAIN! Another pass over the top! One on one with the goalkeeper after a run from deep but his touch rolls agonisingly wide of the near post, hitting it instead of rolling in! So unlucky! 7:42PM 43 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 That shove on Kane in the penalty area is comical. I don't know what VAR are doing or whether I missed the seminar that first confirmed the collision of WWE and football into one super sport, but England should have a penalty. Happy to be proved wrong! 7:41PM 41 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 England win another free-kick in the Tunisia half. It's too far away to shoot, Trippier will take... but it's not up to much. Alli chases into the corner and wins back... and now there's a Tunisia throw. Credit: REUTERS 7:40PM 39 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Sterling wins a free-kick in the corner. Delph is getting ready to come on but Alli will be allowed to attack this free-kick first. Trippier hooks it in... and it's a panic in the box! Kane goes down in the area, it's headed across the box and onto the bar... Stones comes to swing a foot at it but gets it all wrong. Oh my god how is that not a penalty. Kane was literally thrown to the ground by his man-marker there. 7:37PM 37 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Well, well, well. Here we are. "You've got to be so careful in the modern game. I'm not sure I could play today!" says Keown. Maguire's made another mistake! Tunisia have three men, a man over... but the ball doesn't go right to him and is played left instead. Khazri slips... and the move is gone. Dele Alli is going to have to come off. 7:35PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! TUNISIA HAVE EQUALISED! Goal: Tunisia ( 35 min ) Sassi steps up, does a little shimmy in his run up and slots it low and hard into the bottom left corner. Pickford is soooo close to it. 7:34PM PENALTY TO TUNISIA! Instant decision by the referee! The ball is hooked into the area and Walker whacks the forward in the face! VAR has reviewed it and it's a definite penalty... Walker is demonstrating he was putting his arms out wide like wings to work out his position. Card: Tunisia 0 - 1 England (Kyle Walker, 33 min) Instead he's caught the striker in the face! 7:33PM 33 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 Sterling drops to take a pass to feet, fires it out to Trippier and gets a return pass. The ball is moved to the box, crossed low into the area... but the defender blocks at the front corner of the six yard box. Dele Alli is clutching his thigh and doing a bunch of stretching. Walker has moved to the central centre-back position. 7:31PM 31 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 Bronn has just gone absolutely nuts at the referee for daring to give a free-kick against him after rolling the ball up his arm like a basketball freestyler. I don't understand footballers sometimes. This is a great spot for a free-kick. Trippier chips it to the back post and MAGUIRE IS THERE! But the goalkeeper saves confidently. England keep up the high press and win possession back but Tunisia find a way to break. 7:28PM 29 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 Great delivery by Khazri but it's headed away inside 10 yards. England survive! Tunisia seem a little braver now though and are starting to get on the ball and run with it. 7:27PM 27 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 Pickford is quick off his line to close down a pass into space for Khazri. Maguire's been caught in possession though and suddenly Tunisia are all over them! The crowd gets excited and England panic! Maguire throws himself at the shot and deflects it behind. England completely switched off there. Poor. Tunisia corner. 7:24PM 24 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 The corner is taken by Khazri but misses everyone in the box. Sliti chases, beats Alli to the ball and then fancies a shot himself from distance... but launches it miles away. The ball's somewhere in the crowd. Miss: Tunisia 0 - 1 England (Naim Sliti, 23 min) Kane finds Young on the left, Young cuts inside and chips to Lingard at the back post. Oh my word he's unmarked... the ball lands at his feet! He must score! Lingard misses! Miss: Tunisia 0 - 1 England (Jesse Lingard, 24 min) I hate the cliche but that seemed like he too much time and didn't know what to with himself. 7:22PM 22 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 Credit: PA England are knocking the ball about beautifully and get men forward but Tunisia steal the ball and can break! But Young is quickly on the case and England win it back. I am so impressed by this performance so far. Martin Keown says "dare I say it, this is some of the best football we've seen at the tournament so far." But now Tunisia have found a way to attack and it is down the right wing. Bronn gets all the way to the box and wins a corner. He's meant to be a centre-back and Young hasn't dealt with it well, leaving his position. 7:20PM 20 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 It's like a 3-3-3-1 formation really, or it is when Sterling drops slightly deeper. Will Tunisia do as Nigeria did and copy the shape for the second half? Or immediately? Because they're really struggling. 7:19PM 18 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 England's shape is working really well. Henderson, who I've doubts about as a six, is holding it all together in the build-up play. He needs to keep this up all game long to ensure England's build up works from the back. England - honestly - are playing really well. This is a fantastic move now, there's loads of running off the ball, there are numbers in midfield... and Henderson has a chance to shoot from distance after Trippier's cross is missed by all. He forces a decent save from the new goalkeeper. 7:16PM 16 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 After a lengthy break, Pickford hoofs the ball up the pitch and England win the second ball. Tunisia press them high up the pitch and force a goal kick as Walker has to try and ping it away rather than keep up the short passes. 7:14PM 14 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 The goalkeeper has gone down again. Poor guy. That save was awesome. The physios attend to him as the substitute goalie gets warmed-up. Hassen has to leave the pitch in tears, given kisses on the way by his taemmates. He's going to be replaced by Mustapha. 7:11PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ENGLAND HAVE SCORED! Stones absolutely batters a header at goal and the goalkeeper somehow claws it out of the net with an incredible, strong hand. He can only pass it to Kane though, who makes no mistake. Will the goal be given to Kane or Stones? I think it might have been over the line! Tunisia 0 - 1 England (Harry Kane, 11 min) 7:11PM 11 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 England win a corner as Kane finds space to take a shot from 20 yards. Young comes across to take it. 7:10PM 10 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 The crowd are cheering Tunisia's passing but as Martin Keown has jsut said "Oh they can definitely play". And as I type that a pass goes straight out for a throw. 7:08PM 8 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 What a start by England though. They look fired up and are moving really well. Hassen, the goalkeeper, still doesn't look happy with his... shoulder? Goalkeeping ability? The scenario he finds himself in? Something's up anyway. Ben Youssef.F has gone down holding his chin as Young puts his forearm into his face. I'm not sure that's intentional but it definitely hurt. Will the referee review it? Nope. He is safe to wound more with his deadly elbow. Beware, sweet Tunisians. 7:06PM 6 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 CHANCE FOR STERLING! Ooooohhhh he's missed an open goal. It's OK though, he's offisde. Well, Lingard is. Even though he's not. If that makes sense. Lingard is played in on goal, passes across the box and Sterling is at the back post but makes a total mess of things. The goalkeeper's down on the floor receiving treatment but I'm not sure why. They're trying to fix his arm... but he didn't touch anything with it. Is he just trying to calm this down? 7:03PM 4 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 Great pass! Alli is in down the right! He's in the box after a brilliant pass by Henderson but the cross is blocked and it drops for LINGAAAARD - SAVED! Great save by the goalkeeper and it's a corner! Maguire comes up for the set piece and attacks the header... it's a free header, it bounces into the turf and the goalie scrambles to touch it away. Tunisia ball. 7:01PM 2 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 Trippier tries a pass over the top into the right channel for Lingard but puts it out for a goal kick after England spend some time getting to know the ball. Tunisia build from the back... but Alli has stolen it in their half. Kane loses possession... but now the goalkeeper has passed out for a throw-in. He looks nervous. 7:00PM KICK OFF AAAAARGH IT'S FINALLY TIME! England get the game started! 6:58PM The referees Three are from Colombia and one is Costa Rican. 6:57PM Singing check I've checked every England player and each one is singing the national anthem. Well done. Passion wise... I have to say it's not great. All low register, no diaphragm, no great feel - I just don't believe it, you know? But maybe that's their style. 6:55PM National anthems 6:54PM Who's going to win? The players are coming out onto the pitch! Here we go! But there's time to put a bit of cash on it! And we even have some tips for you. Betting guide: prediction and tips for England v Tunisia 6:53PM Stay up to date We've got some great little bits for you to play with and keep you up to date during the tournament. I particularly recommend joining our Whatsapp group so you can get news, updates and analysis sent to your phone! World Cup whatsapp promo 6:49PM Paul Hayward in Russia "A distinct absence of royalty and government ministers on the VIP list in Volgograd, but English football is represented by Sol Campbell, David Gill and Lindsay Skoll, Britain's deputy ambassador in Moscow. And Arsene Wenger, an honorary Englishman." Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:48PM The importance of England's wing-backs Another clever little bit of problem solving from Southgate has been addressing the lack of a left-winger - that other English tradition. Wing-backs are the solution and having them has ensured that central attacking midfielders like Alli, Sterling and Lingard can play in the same team without being shunted out into ineffective positions. If Nigeria had the ball on the right (in a recent friendly), Ashley Young pushed high up the left side of the pitch, if Nigeria were on the left, Kieran Trippier pushed forward. In possession, the player opposite the side the ball is on pushes high and wide to offer a switched pass. Here's Young doing exactly that: The full-back on the opposite side of the pitch to the ball pushes high to provide an outlet Credit: England ITV The shape becomes a 3-1-4-2 at times as the wing-backs join in attacks, stretching the pitch and opening up space for the central midfielders to run into or pass into. England in their attacking shape And because they are wing-backs rather than wingers, Young and Trippier must hold slightly deeper positions, meaning they are usually in place to either receive a switched pass, free to attack space at the back post or simply act as a means of stretching the pitch. England Ashley Young gif During attacks in the final third, this means England have a heap of different runners all moving into similar positions - something incredibly difficult to defend against. Here's an example of the different runs England made during a dangerous attack against Nigeria. Young is the player free on the left. England flood the box with multiple runners in attack Credit: England ITV Nigeria 6:46PM That England training shirt though Credit: FIFA I'm such a fan of this training top. And I'm Scottish. Can you imagine the confusion inside my brain? I'm saying this should be the actual England kit rather than the plain Jane one that they have. Credit: FIFA 6:45PM Gareth Southgate: "The time for talking's finished" Really looking forward to the challenge, looking forward to watching the players perform. We've got some really good characters in the starting team and the squad itself. It's not just about tonight, first of all there's three games to get through but we're looking forward to tonight's match. How will Tunisia approach this? Well if it's what we've seen probably 4-5-1, they were very well organised in their last game against Spain, they use the ball very well so its a threat. To win any game in a World Cup is difficult so we've got to be at our best. Who issues the rallying cry now? It's me! I've got to come up with something else, they don't like to do it. The time for talking's finished, we've got to perform tonight. 6:40PM Let's get pumped Unfortunately, as far as I'm aware, Tunisia don't have quite as iconic a pop record to spur their players on. So in pursuit of balance, I will award them one of the greatest songs ever written: 6:35PM The stadium The BBC have just shown footage of England players spraying themselves with bug spray. There are a heap of flies causing them bother and weirdly, according to Patrice Evra earlier, it really is a hindrance. He played in a game with flies everywhere but they only filled one half. Matt Law has just sent me this: The flies are already annoying Raheem Sterling, who is trying to swat them away while he warms up. England's players have now got out the deet and are covering themselves in it to try to get rid of the flies. 6:31PM Frank Lampard on the rivalry at club level having an effect on England squads Lampard "We're so competitive that the idea of coming to be a team is not so simple as Argentina who come from all over the world." Alan Shearer "I don't agree cliques made a difference. Spain had Real Madrid and Barcelona." 6:30PM Rio Ferdinand on his past England managers "There was elements of some of the managers that we didn't like. Tactically we were very rigid under Cappello too, 4-4-2. Gerrard, Lampard, Hargreaves, Beckham, Scholes we payed 4-4-2 without any ability to move and be fluid. The buck stops with us as players." 6:28PM England are playing in red Credit: FIFA Tunisia get the white because they are technically the home team. Credit: FIFA 6:24PM Lampard on Southgate "He's played a blinder so far!" says Lampard of Southgate's job with England. Rio Ferdinand is impressed too: "It was totally different when we played. It was us vs the press, we hated them, they hated us. Gareth was in those squads and now he's totally changed it and integrated them" 6:22PM Tactics tactics tactics Here's me talking about some of England's tactics and the importance of the wing-backs tonight. 6:19PM Matt Law updates from the stadium "We are all covered in deet inside the Volgograd Arena, but it's not making much difference. The flies are everywhere!" Sounds... really annoying. In case you weren't sure, deet is insect repellent. 6:12PM Another nice England stat 248 - England's starting XI has a cumulative total of 248 caps between them; the lowest by an England starting XI in an international tournament since June 1962 (246 caps v Bulgaria). Fresh.#ENG#TUN#ENGTUN#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UrcT1fAoCC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2018 6:11PM Who are Tunisia's key players? Youssef Msakni is Tunisia's star player, the main creator and the usual source of goals. He is injured and didn't make it to the World Cup, which is pretty sad. Without him, the job of creating scoring opportunities has to be shared by the rest of the team - but who's any good at that? The best player actually available... is probably Wahbi Khazri, who had a decent season on loan at Rennes but when he's played for Sunderland he has been less than impressive. Certainly whenever I've seen him play I haven't though 'wow what a player' and you know that's legit because I support Aberdeen. Most players make me do that. There really aren't any real standouts in the Tunisia team - they are strong as a unit but individually shouldn't cause too many problems. Traditionally England's problem has been the exact opposite. Let's see what happens! 6:05PM Southgate's unfamiliar team 9 - For their 9th successive World Cup tournament, England's starting XI in their opening game have never all previously started a England game together before. Unfamiliar.#WorldCup#ENG#TUN#ENGTUN— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2018 Southgate must be fairly pleased with what he's seen in training for this to be the case! 6:03PM The Tunisia team I've finally managed to find the official Tunisia Twitter account. Here it is: ��⚪ OFFICIEL : Le 11 de départ de la Tunisie face à l'Angleterre : #TUNENG ������������������ #TUN#CM2018 Hassen- Bronn, S.Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul - Skhiri, Sassi, Sliti- Badri, F.Ben Youssef, Khazri. pic.twitter.com/QVvLaAahhA— Tunisie Football (@tunisiefootball) June 18, 2018 Tunisia Hassen; Bronn, S.Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul; Skhiri, Sassi, Sliti, Badri, F.Ben Youssef; Khazri 5:58PM Jason Burt on England's chances 5:54PM England fans 'outnumbered' England fans admit to feeling outnumbered by their Tunisian counterparts, but remain hopeful of a victory. 5:53PM Inside the stadium Credit: FIFA The players are out on the pitch having a look around. Credit: FIFA 5:49PM England's team England (3-5-2) Pickford; Stones, Walker, Maguire, Trippier, Young; Henderson, Alli, Lingard; Sterling, Kane. 5:48PM The team is in! Here it is: the #ThreeLions line-up for our opening game at the 2018 #WorldCup. pic.twitter.com/FNHUHn2vAk— England (@England) June 18, 2018 5:46PM Team news should be here very soon England Formation Builder In the meantime you can pick your own starting XI. It'll very likely be a 3-5-2, which looks like a 5-3-2 in defence and a 3-1-4-2 in attack. I'd have Kane and Sterling up front, Alli and... maybe Lingard as AMC and then Delph at six. Rose left, Walker right and Cahill, Stones... and someone else in defence. Maybe Walker actually. 5:43PM Fans making their way into the stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES How will the players' nerves be just now? So often they fall apart mentally at these tournaments but with that lovely looking sky maybe they'll be all relaxed and chill. Our man Paul Hayward has written this: It's now or never for England - time to cure the World Cup chaos 5:37PM The bus is here HONK HONK HONK! [Tyldesley] "England have parked the bus successfully before the game, but will Tunisia do so during it?" [/Tyldesley] England have arrived #TSworldcup#threelionspic.twitter.com/k6EqWi3PUx— Nigel Adderley (@nadderley) June 18, 2018 5:36PM My favourite Tunisia fact It's where they filmed Tatooine scenes in Star Wars! [Puts on Clive Tyldesley hat] "But will England's players have the Force tonight?" [/Tyldesley] Top 10 | Countries to star in Star Wars 5:32PM Tunisia's World Cup record World Cup record: Tunisia It's not great. 5:29PM This is nice to see Tunisia and England fans making friends in Russia... �� pic.twitter.com/NhjptB4cUT— COPA90 (@COPA90) June 18, 2018 I can't confirm but I'd imagine I think I'm safe in assuming a few people in England may have already gathered in lovely pubs too. Is it worth going early to get a seat? Personally, I quite enjoy the thrill of standing up, mostly because it ensures you can't spill a table of drinks when you go bezerk if your team scores. 5:23PM Where is today's game? That would be the Volgograd Arena, which is in - you guessed it - Volgograd, Russia. World Cup 2018 stadium: Volgograd Arena In real life, it looks like this: Credit: PA A bit like the Colosseum, if it had been made by enormous metal spiders. Or as though the designer found it in a book of absent minded doodles he'd made during his boring real job. 5:18PM Meanwhile, in Group G Belgium are leading Panama after Dries Mertens' superb volley. You can read all about that over in Rob Bagchi's liveblog but come back for the England build-up. And Tunisia, of course. As for both teams' future rivals, I'd say Belgium don't look all that, and Panama are nowhere near as poor as some may have expected. For Belgium, imagine Wigan but with some much better players. The system has massive gaps and England - assuming they got off to a decent start - should be able to deal with both them and Panama comfortably. 5:11PM Jamie Carragher on Southgate Carragher on Southgate 5:05PM How will England approach this game? I spent ages before the World Cup kicked-off researching several teams' tactical approach to these finals. Here's my take on England. World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 5:00PM It's England in a World Cup! Hello everyone and welcome to our live coverage of England vs Tunisia, a massive first appearance of the 2018 World Cup for Gareth Southgate's band of merry men. And they do appear to be pretty happy this time - the tournament tactics have extended beyond what happens on the pitch. Nothing's been left to chance! But England are going to need luck if they are to go far. Tunisia might not have the calibre of player you'd normally see steaming around the Premier League but as a team they're very capable and actually really talented on the ball. Southgate has made it clear in all his pre-match chats on camera that Tunisia move the ball well and are technically proficient and by all accounts, England's players aren't underestimating them either. The hope will be, for England fans, that they can stay composed, enjoy the game and show off some of their own silky skills. Credit: AFP The big question though: are England any good? It's really hard to tell but as a neutral (Scottish...) I'd say they're a solid mid-level team on a par with someone like Denmark. There's a lack of composure and vision in midfield and it means creating chances has to be done in a different way. Southgate's solution to this issue has been to up the tempo of passing, get attacking midfielders in advanced central positions where they can dart around in space and with three central defenders, a defensive shield. They want to bypass the midfield and move the ball down the channels quickly, getting it into the box when in the final third and provide Harry Kane with ammunition to take a shot or two. He loves taking shots too. The team news will be in soon and then we'll find out exactly how Southgate is approaching this one. The players know the team. Let's hope it's a good one!
Player ratings: who performed and who didn't? England warned to expect tough approach from Panama ​ England vs Panama, World Cup 2018: When and where in Russia is the Group G match, what time does it start and what TV channel is it on? ​ Harry Kane said he might well score three like Cristiano Ronaldo. People tittered. Instead it was just the two for the England captain as he struck the goals to gain England a precious victory in their opening Group G fixture against an obdurate, organised and occasionally cynical Tunisia. It mattered in terms of perception as well as points. These were Kane’s first tournament goals and he, and England, are up and running. What a contribution from the captain. At times England wrestled with familiar failings. At times, Tunisia just wrestled and not least when it came to dealing with Kane who was dragged to the turf on at least two occasions inside the penalty area. The first probably was rightly not given, as John Stones already appeared to have committed a foul, but the second appeared a blatant penalty. Where was the video assistant referee (VAR)? After being overwhelmed at set-pieces early on the Tunisians resorted to grapple tactics which seemed to have hauled England down into a usual sense of stifling frustration especially in an increasingly drifting second-half. The Tunisians swarmed around England like the midges and mosquitoes that plagued this stadium on the banks of the River Volga and so irritated the players. Credit: GETTY IMAGES That was until injury-time when Harry Maguire, who was also being regularly man-handled, finally found some space to meet a corner and flick the ball towards the back-post where Kane had drifted free and headed home. Except it was not as simple as that. The forward could easily have sent the chance over the bar but he twisted his body, strained his neck and whipped it into the net in the tight space between goalkeeper and goal-frame. In fact both of Kane’s goals came from corners. Thankfully, unlike at Euro 2016, he was not tasked with taking them. What a finish and what a finish to this match. In a city, formerly Stalingrad, where history hangs heavy, England had felt their own footballing history beginning to burden them once again after such a luminous start. Stay calm under pressure. Find a solution. They had been key messages from manager Gareth Southgate. And for once England eventually did just that. Southgate had urged England to attack the tournament, attack the World Cup. They did that also until adversity and errors struck. But they overcame them. They, hopefully, removed a mental block in doing so. How wonderful would that be? This result means that, for the first time in five tournaments, since 2006 in fact, England have won their opening game. Next up it is Panama and then Belgium and a last-16 place should now be in their grasp. The 2,000 England fans inside this stadium sang and sang at the final whistle. What a relief. Forward trio too good for Tunisia in opening 45 minutes England have to rely on corners There are issues. Defensively England remain far from assured with Ashley Young - whose place will be under threat from Danny Rose - and Maguire making some wrong decisions and the 3-5-2 under question while debate will re-open over the effectiveness of Raheem Sterling who appeared shorn of confidence after a woeful early miss and lasted barely an hour before being replaced by the far more effective Marcus Rashford while there was rich food for thought in the positive contribution of Ruben Loftus-Cheek who appears to have that bit of subtilty to unpick a packed defence. There were positives also with Kieran Trippier outstandingly creative down the right flank, Kane predatory and Jordan Henderson fully justifying his selection as the midfield anchor. Tunisia vs England shots on goal In terms of attacking intent, in terms of chances created the first-half was among England’s most impressive 45 minute periods for decades - even if it was eventually let down by defensive frailty and weak finishing. England will rage about the penalty they conceded but, even before then, they should have been out of sight. Tunisia vs England shots on goal They missed chance after chance after chance and scored just once, striking the frame of the goal twice. They had to be more ruthless and it seemed they would be just that as Kane scored on 11 minutes as Stones met Young’s corner with a superb leap, an even more superb header and goalkeeper Mouez Hassen somehow clawed it out. Unfortunately for him it dropped to Kane who side-foot volleyed into the net from close-range. Before that Hassen had kept Tunisia in it as he did well to divert Jesse Lingard’s deflected shot away for a corner. Even so Lingard had to score and had to score when he then miscued a volley into the side-netting. Sterling, also, had to score but scuffed wide the goal beckoning while after conceding Hassen could not carry on, having already hurt his shoulder, and departed in tears. The goalkeeper had also denied Maguire, clawing away his header. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The concern began to creep and England were caught out with Kyle Walker, foolishly, throwing his arm back as he contested a cross and catching Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the face. The forward went down, claiming the offence and the Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the penalty spot. Ferjani Sassi took seven steps back, strolled up and stroked his right footed shot into the corner of the goal. Jordan Pickford guessed right, got a finger tip to the ball but was beaten. It was coolly executed. A sassy penalty by Sassi. England vs Tunisia Player ratings Again focus had been lost by England. But they summoned a response with Maguire’s header headed out from on the goal-line and onto the bar. The rebound fell to Stones but he snatched at it and the ball rolled wide before Trippier cleverly set Lingard through and although he flicked his shot past substitute goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha it struck the outside of the post. England were inexperienced of course, with nine players making their World Cup debuts, and maybe it began to show as Tunisia defended ever deeper and were determined to hold on by any means they could. Time was running out but that was until Kane intervened. Ronaldo had scored those three goals for Portugal against Spain last week and Kane said he fancied vying for 'The Golden Boot' as the World Cup top-scorer. Good for him. Good for England. 10:45PM Harry Maguire reaction Huge win. What a feeling �������������������� @Englandpic.twitter.com/nF6XWXpaGi— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) June 18, 2018 10:31PM Sam Wallace on Gareth Southgate Of everything Southgate has done with this England team - encouraging them to take risks, to ignore the usual fears and hang-ups - his autumn change to a 3-5-2 formation once qualification was over was fundamental to the whole plan. Read more in Sam Wallace's article here. 10:31PM To be honest, I'm not surprised Interesting stat after #TUNENG. Second lowest of all games so far, for Actual Playing Time. Just 49'38". pic.twitter.com/xRZWwv6vC1— Alex Stone (@AlexStone7) June 18, 2018 9:39PM Kane scored two goals despite eating midges "There were a lot more than we thought. We had a lot of bug spray on, before the game, and at half-time. I got some (flies) in the eye, some in my mouth." Bluuuuuurgh. 9:38PM Great news I am. https://t.co/5V9Xf7uidT— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) June 18, 2018 9:37PM Reaction Harry Kane meanwhile did what everyone kept telling him he needs to do: kept his nerve, saved his team, made a statement to the other leading strikers out here.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) June 18, 2018 THE LIMBS. LOOK AT THE LIMBS. CANCEL CLUB FOOTBALL LETS DO THIS 365 DAYS A YEAR https://t.co/KcQShfn63D— Eli (@ElMengem) June 18, 2018 "I know the pubs would have been erupting back home. I was that kid watching in the pubs before, I know what that's like" Hero @HKane sums up what it means to score the winner Watch the World Cup LIVE on @ITV#ENG#TUNENG#ThreeLionspic.twitter.com/gpESSQ9fUk— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 18, 2018 9:33PM A bit of analysis Fascinating match. I've not seen an England team so confident, calm in possession and adept at building play from the back who don't also revert to type in the final few moments and throw on 18 strikers to hump the ball long to. Southgate's team built from the back and stayed patient. It moves the opposition around, makes them work hard and as soon as Rashford and Loftus-Cheek injected a bit of forward-thinking and pace to that second half, the movement and forward passing really caused problems. The other thing to commend Southgate for is his clear focus on set pieces. Maguire was brilliant as a target in the box and had it not been for the intervening hands and wrestling skills of Tunisia's defence, England would probably have scored more. Henderson was superb as a six, holding the line between the wing-backs during build-up and rarely roaming from his position. On the times he did attack, Alli and Lingard knew to watch the midfield and dropped back to maintain the shape. This is a well drilled, organised and disciplined England and the benefit of that is the forwards can have way more fun, able to rely on a solid base further back. 9:25PM Kane with his MOTM trophy Credit: FIFA I'm pretty sure there's no beer inside it. 9:23PM What a find this is 1: John Barnes vs Ireland in 1990 2: Harry Maguire vs Tunisia There's only one way to beat them Get round the back pic.twitter.com/mTTLwlxLE3— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) June 18, 2018 9:22PM England fans going nuts England fans going nuts after Harry Kane’s late goal! #ENG#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/vltfWN7Wc0— COPA90 (@COPA90) June 18, 2018 9:21PM Kyle Walker I think the entire squad is going to a press interview at this rate. Here's Walker: "It shows the work we've put in, believing in ourselves, the system, got the goal which always feels better in the later stages. "I think in the Premier League probably would have got away with it. Trips gave us a shout to leave it so I just tried to shield the ball. "We created a lot of chances but we're not the finished article. There's two more important games we need to go and pick up points now. "I'm not a big talker, I know everyone likes to have their own thoughts but I said I'll run. "It's good. It's a pat on the back for us but there's two important games. We just prepare well and hopefully the points will come." 9:17PM Southgate says "I think the way we kept playing even though the clock was running down, we waited for good opportunities and I think we deserved the win. We had total control of the game second half, strong on set plays all night. Even had we drawn, which would have made life difficult, I would have been proud of the performance. "We'll do well to make as many chances in a game in this tournament. The movement, the control from the back with the ball. Good teams score goals and [keeping the ball helped tire Tunisia]. "The squad have been brilliant, the team selection was so difficult and to bring the substitutes on and them make the impact they did, everyone's worked so hard to come together. "We've given ourselves a great platform to build from, in particular the level of performance but there's a lot of work to do still. Panama will be a tough test in a different way. We can enjoy tonight, I hope everyone at home enjoys tonight. "He's a top, top striker and I'm delighted for him. It's great we've got him in the team, he took his goals very well." 9:11PM Harry Maguire with less of a 'by numbers' interview "We thought the penalty was a bit soft. "We stuck to our shape and knew we'd get the next goal. "It was tough out there, really warm, started well but missed clearcut chances which you don't get at this level very often. "We knew we'd get more but they changed the shape to match us to a three, more like a five. "It was as much a penalty as what they got. He's always going to get that chance, he's going to be a huge player for us. "There were a couple of nervy passes in the first. It's a big occasion, my first game at this high pressure, you've got to focus, concentrate and I felt I grew into the game. "It's a massive three points but it's only three points and we've got another big game coming up." 9:07PM Player ratings Who stood out for you? Here's our verdict: England vs Tunisia Player ratings 9:06PM Matt Law's verdict England 2-1 Tunisia | Did Southgate's big calls pay off? 9:06PM Jordan Henderson says "I thought we kept going. It paid off tonight with a big win. "I still felt positive, we wanted to get the game going again. We didn't maybe we were thinking about the chances we missed, in the World Cup you've got to keep going. In the second half we did that, kept fighting, didn't play as well but they defended deeper, a lot better as well. "We said you can be friends off the field but on the field you're fighting your mate next to you, for each other. For the whole process we've said keep going to the final whistle and think that showed tonight." 9:03PM Alan Shearer says "I would love one of the VAR people to come out and explain that. They told us before the start they were going to keep an eye on that." 9:02PM This is how many chances it took England to win that Tunisia vs England shots on goal 9:01PM Harry Kane post-match "I thought we played really well, could have scored a few more, credit to the lads we kept going, got to the last second and we're absolutely buzzing. "We spoke a lot about togetherness, we've got a great bond off the pitch which is nice. "I think a few corners we had so much joy from corners, they were trying to stop us and hold us, that's football, that's the ref and it shows good character to do what we've done. "I'm really proud. We've done a lot of work, it was tough, we got the nerves and excitement out the way. I'm so proud." 8:59PM The goal in pictures Credit: AP Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: PA 8:57PM Tunisia players leave the pitch in tears The coaching staff get on the pitch and console an absolutely gutted team of Tunisians. They were so close to a point that could have given real hope of qualification there. Belgium didn't look too special earlier today so there is a chance but it's probably fair to write off Panama at this stage. 8:54PM What a time to win it "Release!" is Martin Keown's rather-too-much information feeling at the final whistle. England showed real character to stay in that one, drawing that would have been a very pre-2018 England thing to do. 8:53PM FULL TIME That's it! England win and it's deserved. Two goals from Harry Kane seal the three points in a hard-fought win over a tricky Tunisia side. 8:52PM 90 mins +3 - England 2 Tunisia 1 Lingard off, Dier off. Southgate is delighted, he was bouncing along the touchline when that goal went in. Interesting that Tunisia decided not to pick up Kane and put him on the floor this time. 8:49PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! IT'S HARRY KANE! Tunisia 1 - 2 England (Harry Kane, 90 + 1 min) The corner is brilliant! Maguire heads it on and Kane is at hte back post - unmarked! Nobody hauls him to the ground this time and he turns the header into the goal from a few yards. It's a brilliant finish! 8:49PM 90 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 It's still all England. They do really well to pass to half way... and then run out of ideas. Or have they? Maaaaaybe. Loftus-Cheek wins a corner. Four minutes of added time to come. 8:48PM 89 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Loftus-Cheek has done well since coming on. He's in the box, turns his man and has options in the six yard box! He pulls it across goal and Rashford can shoot - but he leaves it! Lingard misses his kick. Rashford reacts furiously - he must have been given a shout to leave it. Dreadful call by Lingard if that is the case - he was surrounded. Loftus-Cheek turns his man, gets to the goal line... and overruns it. Goal kick. Martin Keown has suggested England have "under estimated the heat". A perilous situation indeed. 8:46PM 87 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Trippier hits a cross into the box, it's cleared by the first man. Loftus-Cheek goes on a nice run but none of his striker friends seem to read it. Tunisia are caught offside. 8:44PM 85 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 I hate to say it but Rashford has done more in the last five minutes than Sterling did for most of the game. He's won a corner now. OK. So. Here we have a thing. The goalkeeper has come to attack the corner and has literally punched John Stones in the head. The referee has given a free-kick to Tunisia. The goalkeeper punches a defender in the head and wins a free-kick. Am I going mental? Is this... is this... what is this? How is that a free-kick to the goalkeeper? I'm confused. Things don't look the same anymore. Am I through the looking glass? Inside the machine? Only time will tell my friends. And at the moment, Tunisia are wasting that time. Khazri walks off the pitch slooooooooowwwwwwwwwly to be replaced by Khalifa. 8:41PM 83 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 The free-kick is high to the back post... and Tunisia win a throw. Can they improve on this in the final 10 minutes? They've hardly had the ball in the England final third. Tunisia vs England 8:39PM 81 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Dele Alli off, Loftus-Cheek on. He should help with moving the ball around the Tunisia half. Henderson is fouled 35 yards out. Tunisia have defended really well tonight. 8:39PM 80 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Urgh. Young's free-kick is dreadful. Over the bar, nowhere near. Poor. Etc. 8:37PM 78 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Alli goes for a one-two, gets wiped out, and it's a free-kick to England in BECKHAM TERRITORY! Young can hit these. 8:36PM 77 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Promising attack from England! Rashford moves into the box, fires it wide to Trippier. Blocked. Rashford joins in again, twists, turns, twists, turns, and passes back to Henderson who hits a high pass to the back post... and Kane's attempted volley pass to Lingard produces nothing. 8:34PM 75 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Sliti is taken off, Ben Amor is on. He's more of a defensive midfielder than Sliti, who had a decent game tonight. Credit: AP The Tunisian goalkeeper Hassen is on the bench with his arm in a sling now. 8:32PM 73 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Tunisia have had to deal with pressure for the last 20 minutes or so but could now decide to use some energy taking the game to England. Sliti strides forward, the space opens up... he shoots! It's awful. Like swinging at the ball with a golf club. He punts into the air and it flies wide. 8:30PM 71 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 England have been lifted immediately! Alli gets in behind the defence and is one on one! But the goalkeeper is awake and quickly smothers. Alli is said to be offside anyway. He isn't. This referee has made some interesting decisions today. 8:28PM 70 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 First sub: Sterling off, Rashford on. Will he take this free-kick? It looks like Trippier and Young fancy it. Trippier takes it... and it's wide. Rashford is involved straight away! He carries the ball forward quickly and pokes it ahead of Kane... but a brilliant tackle by the defender takes it away from him. 8:26PM 68 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Possession: Tunisia vs England England have turned possession round even if they're not finding too many chances to really attack with it. Over the course of the game you'd probably say they've had the better of times. Tunisia vs England shots on goal England keep going backwards and sideways with their passing. Tunisia are defending with a low block and surrounding England players on the ball... and Kane has won a free-kick 25 yards out. 8:24PM 66 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Henderson is forward now so Alli drops to the six position with Lingard deeper too. Walker carries the ball out, Pickford comes off his line to help with the passing, Young has to go backwards. The midfield are getting caught too high up the pitch and the passing is all going sideways. 8:23PM 64 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 England are running a little low on ideas now and Martin Keown has suggested the heat in the stadium might be the cause. Here's a promising move though. Sterling on the left, Young doesn't read the backheel and then as soon as he touches the back of the defender, it's a free-kick to Tunisia. 8:22PM 62 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 This time no England players are thrown to the ground at the corner and Kane keeps the ball alive at the goal line. England keep up the pressure and then Sterling is... there's a free-kick. Sterling's holding the back of his marker's shirt. 8:19PM 60 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Good, patient passing from England in the final third. Kane can't get on the end of a cross from the right, Young tries an effort from the left, and Trippier then wins a corner after a brilliant long ball from Henderson finds him. Henderson's passing has been superb. 8:18PM 58 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Great running off the ball by Lingard. He spots Henderson is in danger of being overrun and drops back beside him to help the move. He doesn't get the ball but just being there gives security and an option to England. 8:15PM 56 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 England have Tunisia pinned back. It's a really high press and is making Tunisia work hard at the moment. Tunisia are so good with the ball though and manage to escape the first line of press. Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS In other news, a photographer has found a bat on the pitch. [Tyldesley] "But is there a Batman on the pitch? England could certainly do with one now!" [/Tyldesley] 8:12PM 54 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Ohhhhhhhh Khazri is in behind Maguire - who has been poor defensively tonight - and Pickford comes out his box to defend it! The referee blows for an offside (incorrectly) and ends the move. England get forward, Young's cross is cleared... England win a free-kick at halfway. 8:11PM 52 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Kane's been wrestled to the floor again. That's incredible. Honestly it's shocking - what is the VAR doing? This is infuriating to watch. England denied another huge shout at a penalty - if the player can't attack the ball because he's been thrown to the floor, surely it's a foul? Ah well. The corner doesn't end well for England because both Henderson and Kane have been taken out of the game. 8:09PM 50 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Tunisia seem calmer, more composed at the start of this half. Aaaand Meriah has passed straight out for a throw. Curse of the... live blogger. Tunisia moving the ball around really well here, England are having to work to cover the pitch and Tunisia are in the final third now. But Sterling's nipped in and the counter is on! Corner to England. 8:07PM 48 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Tunisia start well until a foul on Henderson gives England possession back. Sassi has a go at the referee for that decision too but it's a clear free-kick. England pass around the back for a while and Walker is on the right of the three centre-backs. Would there have been a penalty in the first half if Stones had been the central CB? 8:04PM KICK OFF 2 Dele Alli is OK to continue! He's back. Sterling is having to bat away about a million midges from his face. I realise it's hard to see them so I've highlighted the ones I can see easily in that photo. If you've ever been to Scotland in September, you will understand how annoying these things are. 8:03PM Just a friendly reminder That after a VAR review, this is not a penalty. Please remember that I am a neutral observer here. Anyway. Let's move on now, if we get another half as entertaining as that we'll all have a great time. 8:01PM England's xG is promising First half xG map for #Eng-#Tun good news: the football is coming home bad news: the football is a very dumb sport that no one likes pic.twitter.com/10Cvv5Mfj4— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) June 18, 2018 7:59PM England must improve their finishing Tunisia vs England shots on goal It's all very well creating the chances but England - obviously - have to take them. Sterling's miss was a dreadful effort as was Stones' scuffed volley attempt inside the box as Tunisia were scrambling. Oh and Lingard's too. They were all bad at it. 7:56PM This is an interesting decision He's literally thrown him to the ground. 7:54PM Rio Ferdinand blames Walker for the penalty "If Walker's body position was right there wouldn't be a penalty. A centre-half facing his own goal is criminal." 7:53PM Average shape Average touch positions (half time) It's all about the running from England's central midfielders. You can see how they all seem to be in central areas on that average position and it's really causing damage. One of Lingard, Alli, Kane or Sterling run from deep positions in behind the defenders and a ball over the top or down the wing puts them into situations where England can attack. Look how many touches they've had in the Tunisia box already: Tunisia vs England 7:49PM No flies on this one But there were before the game... That was really exciting. England created heaps of chances but as Alan Shearer has just said "at this level you have to score them". 7:48PM HALF TIME Oocha beasties. That was some half. England looked incredible for 20 minutes and then a bit of sloppiness and a silly foul has given their opponents a way back in. Sound familiar? 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - England 1 Tunisia 1 Henderson puts Pickford in a spot of bother but instead of staying calm, Pickford tries to launch the ball as many miles away as possible and ends up giving away a throw-in. England working their way forward in search of another goal before half time. Maaloul has had the ball hit off the side of his torso and has gone down howling. There's no way he's winded and Trippier goes across to find out what has actually happened to him. 7:44PM 45 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Maguire is England's most dangerous player at the moment! He heads a free-kick across the box and tees up Lingard for a sitter inside 12 yards. He fires over the bar. Awful. It turns out there's a deflection, so I withdraw my harsh criticism. The corner is gathered low by the goalkeeper in the second phase of the set piece. LINGARD IS IN AGAIN! Another pass over the top! One on one with the goalkeeper after a run from deep but his touch rolls agonisingly wide of the near post, hitting it instead of rolling in! So unlucky! 7:42PM 43 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 That shove on Kane in the penalty area is comical. I don't know what VAR are doing or whether I missed the seminar that first confirmed the collision of WWE and football into one super sport, but England should have a penalty. Happy to be proved wrong! 7:41PM 41 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 England win another free-kick in the Tunisia half. It's too far away to shoot, Trippier will take... but it's not up to much. Alli chases into the corner and wins back... and now there's a Tunisia throw. Credit: REUTERS 7:40PM 39 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Sterling wins a free-kick in the corner. Delph is getting ready to come on but Alli will be allowed to attack this free-kick first. Trippier hooks it in... and it's a panic in the box! Kane goes down in the area, it's headed across the box and onto the bar... Stones comes to swing a foot at it but gets it all wrong. Oh my god how is that not a penalty. Kane was literally thrown to the ground by his man-marker there. 7:37PM 37 mins - England 1 Tunisia 1 Well, well, well. Here we are. "You've got to be so careful in the modern game. I'm not sure I could play today!" says Keown. Maguire's made another mistake! Tunisia have three men, a man over... but the ball doesn't go right to him and is played left instead. Khazri slips... and the move is gone. Dele Alli is going to have to come off. 7:35PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! TUNISIA HAVE EQUALISED! Goal: Tunisia ( 35 min ) Sassi steps up, does a little shimmy in his run up and slots it low and hard into the bottom left corner. Pickford is soooo close to it. 7:34PM PENALTY TO TUNISIA! Instant decision by the referee! The ball is hooked into the area and Walker whacks the forward in the face! VAR has reviewed it and it's a definite penalty... Walker is demonstrating he was putting his arms out wide like wings to work out his position. Card: Tunisia 0 - 1 England (Kyle Walker, 33 min) Instead he's caught the striker in the face! 7:33PM 33 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 Sterling drops to take a pass to feet, fires it out to Trippier and gets a return pass. The ball is moved to the box, crossed low into the area... but the defender blocks at the front corner of the six yard box. Dele Alli is clutching his thigh and doing a bunch of stretching. Walker has moved to the central centre-back position. 7:31PM 31 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 Bronn has just gone absolutely nuts at the referee for daring to give a free-kick against him after rolling the ball up his arm like a basketball freestyler. I don't understand footballers sometimes. This is a great spot for a free-kick. Trippier chips it to the back post and MAGUIRE IS THERE! But the goalkeeper saves confidently. England keep up the high press and win possession back but Tunisia find a way to break. 7:28PM 29 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 Great delivery by Khazri but it's headed away inside 10 yards. England survive! Tunisia seem a little braver now though and are starting to get on the ball and run with it. 7:27PM 27 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 Pickford is quick off his line to close down a pass into space for Khazri. Maguire's been caught in possession though and suddenly Tunisia are all over them! The crowd gets excited and England panic! Maguire throws himself at the shot and deflects it behind. England completely switched off there. Poor. Tunisia corner. 7:24PM 24 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 The corner is taken by Khazri but misses everyone in the box. Sliti chases, beats Alli to the ball and then fancies a shot himself from distance... but launches it miles away. The ball's somewhere in the crowd. Miss: Tunisia 0 - 1 England (Naim Sliti, 23 min) Kane finds Young on the left, Young cuts inside and chips to Lingard at the back post. Oh my word he's unmarked... the ball lands at his feet! He must score! Lingard misses! Miss: Tunisia 0 - 1 England (Jesse Lingard, 24 min) I hate the cliche but that seemed like he too much time and didn't know what to with himself. 7:22PM 22 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 Credit: PA England are knocking the ball about beautifully and get men forward but Tunisia steal the ball and can break! But Young is quickly on the case and England win it back. I am so impressed by this performance so far. Martin Keown says "dare I say it, this is some of the best football we've seen at the tournament so far." But now Tunisia have found a way to attack and it is down the right wing. Bronn gets all the way to the box and wins a corner. He's meant to be a centre-back and Young hasn't dealt with it well, leaving his position. 7:20PM 20 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 It's like a 3-3-3-1 formation really, or it is when Sterling drops slightly deeper. Will Tunisia do as Nigeria did and copy the shape for the second half? Or immediately? Because they're really struggling. 7:19PM 18 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 England's shape is working really well. Henderson, who I've doubts about as a six, is holding it all together in the build-up play. He needs to keep this up all game long to ensure England's build up works from the back. England - honestly - are playing really well. This is a fantastic move now, there's loads of running off the ball, there are numbers in midfield... and Henderson has a chance to shoot from distance after Trippier's cross is missed by all. He forces a decent save from the new goalkeeper. 7:16PM 16 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 After a lengthy break, Pickford hoofs the ball up the pitch and England win the second ball. Tunisia press them high up the pitch and force a goal kick as Walker has to try and ping it away rather than keep up the short passes. 7:14PM 14 mins - England 1 Tunisia 0 The goalkeeper has gone down again. Poor guy. That save was awesome. The physios attend to him as the substitute goalie gets warmed-up. Hassen has to leave the pitch in tears, given kisses on the way by his taemmates. He's going to be replaced by Mustapha. 7:11PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ENGLAND HAVE SCORED! Stones absolutely batters a header at goal and the goalkeeper somehow claws it out of the net with an incredible, strong hand. He can only pass it to Kane though, who makes no mistake. Will the goal be given to Kane or Stones? I think it might have been over the line! Tunisia 0 - 1 England (Harry Kane, 11 min) 7:11PM 11 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 England win a corner as Kane finds space to take a shot from 20 yards. Young comes across to take it. 7:10PM 10 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 The crowd are cheering Tunisia's passing but as Martin Keown has jsut said "Oh they can definitely play". And as I type that a pass goes straight out for a throw. 7:08PM 8 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 What a start by England though. They look fired up and are moving really well. Hassen, the goalkeeper, still doesn't look happy with his... shoulder? Goalkeeping ability? The scenario he finds himself in? Something's up anyway. Ben Youssef.F has gone down holding his chin as Young puts his forearm into his face. I'm not sure that's intentional but it definitely hurt. Will the referee review it? Nope. He is safe to wound more with his deadly elbow. Beware, sweet Tunisians. 7:06PM 6 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 CHANCE FOR STERLING! Ooooohhhh he's missed an open goal. It's OK though, he's offisde. Well, Lingard is. Even though he's not. If that makes sense. Lingard is played in on goal, passes across the box and Sterling is at the back post but makes a total mess of things. The goalkeeper's down on the floor receiving treatment but I'm not sure why. They're trying to fix his arm... but he didn't touch anything with it. Is he just trying to calm this down? 7:03PM 4 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 Great pass! Alli is in down the right! He's in the box after a brilliant pass by Henderson but the cross is blocked and it drops for LINGAAAARD - SAVED! Great save by the goalkeeper and it's a corner! Maguire comes up for the set piece and attacks the header... it's a free header, it bounces into the turf and the goalie scrambles to touch it away. Tunisia ball. 7:01PM 2 mins - England 0 Tunisia 0 Trippier tries a pass over the top into the right channel for Lingard but puts it out for a goal kick after England spend some time getting to know the ball. Tunisia build from the back... but Alli has stolen it in their half. Kane loses possession... but now the goalkeeper has passed out for a throw-in. He looks nervous. 7:00PM KICK OFF AAAAARGH IT'S FINALLY TIME! England get the game started! 6:58PM The referees Three are from Colombia and one is Costa Rican. 6:57PM Singing check I've checked every England player and each one is singing the national anthem. Well done. Passion wise... I have to say it's not great. All low register, no diaphragm, no great feel - I just don't believe it, you know? But maybe that's their style. 6:55PM National anthems 6:54PM Who's going to win? The players are coming out onto the pitch! Here we go! But there's time to put a bit of cash on it! And we even have some tips for you. Betting guide: prediction and tips for England v Tunisia 6:53PM Stay up to date We've got some great little bits for you to play with and keep you up to date during the tournament. I particularly recommend joining our Whatsapp group so you can get news, updates and analysis sent to your phone! World Cup whatsapp promo 6:49PM Paul Hayward in Russia "A distinct absence of royalty and government ministers on the VIP list in Volgograd, but English football is represented by Sol Campbell, David Gill and Lindsay Skoll, Britain's deputy ambassador in Moscow. And Arsene Wenger, an honorary Englishman." Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:48PM The importance of England's wing-backs Another clever little bit of problem solving from Southgate has been addressing the lack of a left-winger - that other English tradition. Wing-backs are the solution and having them has ensured that central attacking midfielders like Alli, Sterling and Lingard can play in the same team without being shunted out into ineffective positions. If Nigeria had the ball on the right (in a recent friendly), Ashley Young pushed high up the left side of the pitch, if Nigeria were on the left, Kieran Trippier pushed forward. In possession, the player opposite the side the ball is on pushes high and wide to offer a switched pass. Here's Young doing exactly that: The full-back on the opposite side of the pitch to the ball pushes high to provide an outlet Credit: England ITV The shape becomes a 3-1-4-2 at times as the wing-backs join in attacks, stretching the pitch and opening up space for the central midfielders to run into or pass into. England in their attacking shape And because they are wing-backs rather than wingers, Young and Trippier must hold slightly deeper positions, meaning they are usually in place to either receive a switched pass, free to attack space at the back post or simply act as a means of stretching the pitch. England Ashley Young gif During attacks in the final third, this means England have a heap of different runners all moving into similar positions - something incredibly difficult to defend against. Here's an example of the different runs England made during a dangerous attack against Nigeria. Young is the player free on the left. England flood the box with multiple runners in attack Credit: England ITV Nigeria 6:46PM That England training shirt though Credit: FIFA I'm such a fan of this training top. And I'm Scottish. Can you imagine the confusion inside my brain? I'm saying this should be the actual England kit rather than the plain Jane one that they have. Credit: FIFA 6:45PM Gareth Southgate: "The time for talking's finished" Really looking forward to the challenge, looking forward to watching the players perform. We've got some really good characters in the starting team and the squad itself. It's not just about tonight, first of all there's three games to get through but we're looking forward to tonight's match. How will Tunisia approach this? Well if it's what we've seen probably 4-5-1, they were very well organised in their last game against Spain, they use the ball very well so its a threat. To win any game in a World Cup is difficult so we've got to be at our best. Who issues the rallying cry now? It's me! I've got to come up with something else, they don't like to do it. The time for talking's finished, we've got to perform tonight. 6:40PM Let's get pumped Unfortunately, as far as I'm aware, Tunisia don't have quite as iconic a pop record to spur their players on. So in pursuit of balance, I will award them one of the greatest songs ever written: 6:35PM The stadium The BBC have just shown footage of England players spraying themselves with bug spray. There are a heap of flies causing them bother and weirdly, according to Patrice Evra earlier, it really is a hindrance. He played in a game with flies everywhere but they only filled one half. Matt Law has just sent me this: The flies are already annoying Raheem Sterling, who is trying to swat them away while he warms up. England's players have now got out the deet and are covering themselves in it to try to get rid of the flies. 6:31PM Frank Lampard on the rivalry at club level having an effect on England squads Lampard "We're so competitive that the idea of coming to be a team is not so simple as Argentina who come from all over the world." Alan Shearer "I don't agree cliques made a difference. Spain had Real Madrid and Barcelona." 6:30PM Rio Ferdinand on his past England managers "There was elements of some of the managers that we didn't like. Tactically we were very rigid under Cappello too, 4-4-2. Gerrard, Lampard, Hargreaves, Beckham, Scholes we payed 4-4-2 without any ability to move and be fluid. The buck stops with us as players." 6:28PM England are playing in red Credit: FIFA Tunisia get the white because they are technically the home team. Credit: FIFA 6:24PM Lampard on Southgate "He's played a blinder so far!" says Lampard of Southgate's job with England. Rio Ferdinand is impressed too: "It was totally different when we played. It was us vs the press, we hated them, they hated us. Gareth was in those squads and now he's totally changed it and integrated them" 6:22PM Tactics tactics tactics Here's me talking about some of England's tactics and the importance of the wing-backs tonight. 6:19PM Matt Law updates from the stadium "We are all covered in deet inside the Volgograd Arena, but it's not making much difference. The flies are everywhere!" Sounds... really annoying. In case you weren't sure, deet is insect repellent. 6:12PM Another nice England stat 248 - England's starting XI has a cumulative total of 248 caps between them; the lowest by an England starting XI in an international tournament since June 1962 (246 caps v Bulgaria). Fresh.#ENG#TUN#ENGTUN#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UrcT1fAoCC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2018 6:11PM Who are Tunisia's key players? Youssef Msakni is Tunisia's star player, the main creator and the usual source of goals. He is injured and didn't make it to the World Cup, which is pretty sad. Without him, the job of creating scoring opportunities has to be shared by the rest of the team - but who's any good at that? The best player actually available... is probably Wahbi Khazri, who had a decent season on loan at Rennes but when he's played for Sunderland he has been less than impressive. Certainly whenever I've seen him play I haven't though 'wow what a player' and you know that's legit because I support Aberdeen. Most players make me do that. There really aren't any real standouts in the Tunisia team - they are strong as a unit but individually shouldn't cause too many problems. Traditionally England's problem has been the exact opposite. Let's see what happens! 6:05PM Southgate's unfamiliar team 9 - For their 9th successive World Cup tournament, England's starting XI in their opening game have never all previously started a England game together before. Unfamiliar.#WorldCup#ENG#TUN#ENGTUN— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2018 Southgate must be fairly pleased with what he's seen in training for this to be the case! 6:03PM The Tunisia team I've finally managed to find the official Tunisia Twitter account. Here it is: ��⚪ OFFICIEL : Le 11 de départ de la Tunisie face à l'Angleterre : #TUNENG ������������������ #TUN#CM2018 Hassen- Bronn, S.Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul - Skhiri, Sassi, Sliti- Badri, F.Ben Youssef, Khazri. pic.twitter.com/QVvLaAahhA— Tunisie Football (@tunisiefootball) June 18, 2018 Tunisia Hassen; Bronn, S.Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul; Skhiri, Sassi, Sliti, Badri, F.Ben Youssef; Khazri 5:58PM Jason Burt on England's chances 5:54PM England fans 'outnumbered' England fans admit to feeling outnumbered by their Tunisian counterparts, but remain hopeful of a victory. 5:53PM Inside the stadium Credit: FIFA The players are out on the pitch having a look around. Credit: FIFA 5:49PM England's team England (3-5-2) Pickford; Stones, Walker, Maguire, Trippier, Young; Henderson, Alli, Lingard; Sterling, Kane. 5:48PM The team is in! Here it is: the #ThreeLions line-up for our opening game at the 2018 #WorldCup. pic.twitter.com/FNHUHn2vAk— England (@England) June 18, 2018 5:46PM Team news should be here very soon England Formation Builder In the meantime you can pick your own starting XI. It'll very likely be a 3-5-2, which looks like a 5-3-2 in defence and a 3-1-4-2 in attack. I'd have Kane and Sterling up front, Alli and... maybe Lingard as AMC and then Delph at six. Rose left, Walker right and Cahill, Stones... and someone else in defence. Maybe Walker actually. 5:43PM Fans making their way into the stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES How will the players' nerves be just now? So often they fall apart mentally at these tournaments but with that lovely looking sky maybe they'll be all relaxed and chill. Our man Paul Hayward has written this: It's now or never for England - time to cure the World Cup chaos 5:37PM The bus is here HONK HONK HONK! [Tyldesley] "England have parked the bus successfully before the game, but will Tunisia do so during it?" [/Tyldesley] England have arrived #TSworldcup#threelionspic.twitter.com/k6EqWi3PUx— Nigel Adderley (@nadderley) June 18, 2018 5:36PM My favourite Tunisia fact It's where they filmed Tatooine scenes in Star Wars! [Puts on Clive Tyldesley hat] "But will England's players have the Force tonight?" [/Tyldesley] Top 10 | Countries to star in Star Wars 5:32PM Tunisia's World Cup record World Cup record: Tunisia It's not great. 5:29PM This is nice to see Tunisia and England fans making friends in Russia... �� pic.twitter.com/NhjptB4cUT— COPA90 (@COPA90) June 18, 2018 I can't confirm but I'd imagine I think I'm safe in assuming a few people in England may have already gathered in lovely pubs too. Is it worth going early to get a seat? Personally, I quite enjoy the thrill of standing up, mostly because it ensures you can't spill a table of drinks when you go bezerk if your team scores. 5:23PM Where is today's game? That would be the Volgograd Arena, which is in - you guessed it - Volgograd, Russia. World Cup 2018 stadium: Volgograd Arena In real life, it looks like this: Credit: PA A bit like the Colosseum, if it had been made by enormous metal spiders. Or as though the designer found it in a book of absent minded doodles he'd made during his boring real job. 5:18PM Meanwhile, in Group G Belgium are leading Panama after Dries Mertens' superb volley. You can read all about that over in Rob Bagchi's liveblog but come back for the England build-up. And Tunisia, of course. As for both teams' future rivals, I'd say Belgium don't look all that, and Panama are nowhere near as poor as some may have expected. For Belgium, imagine Wigan but with some much better players. The system has massive gaps and England - assuming they got off to a decent start - should be able to deal with both them and Panama comfortably. 5:11PM Jamie Carragher on Southgate Carragher on Southgate 5:05PM How will England approach this game? I spent ages before the World Cup kicked-off researching several teams' tactical approach to these finals. Here's my take on England. World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 5:00PM It's England in a World Cup! Hello everyone and welcome to our live coverage of England vs Tunisia, a massive first appearance of the 2018 World Cup for Gareth Southgate's band of merry men. And they do appear to be pretty happy this time - the tournament tactics have extended beyond what happens on the pitch. Nothing's been left to chance! But England are going to need luck if they are to go far. Tunisia might not have the calibre of player you'd normally see steaming around the Premier League but as a team they're very capable and actually really talented on the ball. Southgate has made it clear in all his pre-match chats on camera that Tunisia move the ball well and are technically proficient and by all accounts, England's players aren't underestimating them either. The hope will be, for England fans, that they can stay composed, enjoy the game and show off some of their own silky skills. Credit: AFP The big question though: are England any good? It's really hard to tell but as a neutral (Scottish...) I'd say they're a solid mid-level team on a par with someone like Denmark. There's a lack of composure and vision in midfield and it means creating chances has to be done in a different way. Southgate's solution to this issue has been to up the tempo of passing, get attacking midfielders in advanced central positions where they can dart around in space and with three central defenders, a defensive shield. They want to bypass the midfield and move the ball down the channels quickly, getting it into the box when in the final third and provide Harry Kane with ammunition to take a shot or two. He loves taking shots too. The team news will be in soon and then we'll find out exactly how Southgate is approaching this one. The players know the team. Let's hope it's a good one!