SPAIN READY FOR OPENER
It has been a turbulent few days in the Spain camp but it is business as usual now and the squad are off to Sochi ahead of tomorrow night’s eagerly awaited clash with Portugal.
IBRA TIPS GERMANY FOR WORLD CUP GLORY
More from Zlatan Ibrahimovic now, who has tipped Germany for success in Russia.
“Germany are the ‘Deutsche machine’ and you know they will do good and they always do good”, he said.
“I would say a good team doesn’t have a good player, they have 22 fantastic players and with Germany it is not that they have a star. I think the team is the star and that is why they are so strong and I think the other nations they have to watch out for Germany.
“So it is no surprise. We know they are good and we know that they will do good.”
I am afraid to say that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been at it again.
Asked by reporters how Sweden will fare at the World Cup this summer, he humbly replied: “I think Sweden have less pressure because I am not there.”
RASHFORD IN THE GYM
Marcus Rashford is unable to take to the training pitch with his England team-mates.
However, he is still working hard to be fit for their opening game against Tunisia on Monday, and is working individually in the gym at the team hotel.
RASHFORD MISSES TRAINING
This is the second successive day in which Marcus Rashford has been forced to miss England training with a knee injury.
It means the forward is yet to train since England arrived in Russia, although the FA insist his injury is not concerning.
ENGLAND OR TUNISIA?
You know what this blog needs? That is right – more psychic animals.
Sky Sports News‘ Rob Dorsett has been to a petting zoo in Russia to meet a psychic ostrich in the hope of finding out whether England will beat Tunisia in their opening Group G game on Monday.
SPAIN PREPARE WITHOUT LOPETEGUI
Spain sensationally sacked Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup – and the new Real Madrid boss has spoken for the first time since the news.
You can also here from the new man in charge, Fernando Hierro, ahead of Spain’s game against Portugal on Friday.
JOSE BACKS ENGLAND IN RUSSIA
Jose Mourinho has been very positive about England’s World Cup chances.
You can also hear from England ‘s Jordan Henderson as they build-up to their opening game against Tunisia on Monday.
FRED BACK FOR BRAZIL
Fear not Brazil fans – we are of course discussing the Manchester United-bound midfielder, not the lumbering striker that pained us all four years ago.
Fred is back for the Selecao ahead of their opener against Switzerland on Sunday.
SALAH TRAINS WITH EGYPT
Mohamed Salah took to the training pitch with his Egypt team-mates on Wednesday, but will he be fit to play in their opening game against Uruguay on Friday?
We expect to hear from the Egypt camp later today, when they are sure to be asked about their key man’s shoulder injury.
MBAPPE FIT FOR FRANCE OPENER
We start the day with some good news for any French fans out there.
Star striker Kylian Mbappe has declared himself fit for France’s opening game against Australia.
The PSG youngster was injured by his own team-mate Adil Rami in training, but he will be ready to take to the field in Kazan on Saturday.
TODAY’S THE DAY!
Hello and welcome to another day of World Cup Daily action! Stay with us throughout the day for all the latest news from around the tournament, including England training and an expected update on Mohamed Salah’s fitness.
We will also be building-up to the first match of the tournament, as Russia take on Saudi Arabia at 4pm UK time!