Cyber security experts to advise England team over risk of hackers at World Cup

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Harry Kane will lead the team in Russia.

The England team will be briefed by security experts from GCHQ before heading to the World Cup in Russia on how to stay safe from hackers during the tournament.

Players and staff will be given advice by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on how to keep their devices secure during their stay in Russia.

An FA spokesman said: “We continue to receive security advice from all relevant authorities.”

Technology is likely to play a big part in the players’ downtime during the tournament, with smartphones, tablets, laptops and games consoles expected to be among the devices making the trip.

Several members of the squad, including captain Harry Kane and Dele Alli, are well-known players of online games such as Fortnite.

The NCSC has already issued advice to supporters travelling to Russia for the tournament, urging fans to take as few devices as possible and to ensure those they do take with them are running up-to-date software and apps.

The advice also encourages users to enact password or passcode protection where possible before they go, as well as other security features such as two-factor authentication.

Once abroad, the advice says public and hotel Wi-Fi connections “may not be safe” and users should carefully consider what information they might be sharing when using these connections.

It also warns people not to use unofficial streaming sites while abroad, instead downloading any TV shows and films before they leave.

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Dele Alli could become world football's next big star if he shines in Russia, claims Spurs legend Ricky Villa

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Dele Alli is set to start behind Harry Kane in Russia.

England midfielder Dele Alli is capable of emerging from this summer’s World Cup as a “superstar”, according to Ricky Villa.

Alli is widely recognised as one of the finest talents in Gareth Southgate’s squad but his place in the starting XI is in doubt following, by his standards, a less convincing season with Tottenham.

Jesse Lingard’s significant improvement at Manchester United means he also has a further rival for selection but former Spurs favourite Villa – a World Cup winner with Argentina in 1978 – is adamant Alli has to start.

England’s preparations for Russia 2018 continue on Saturday when they host Nigeria at Wembley, and though it is Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane many expect to inspire Southgate’s team, it is the 22-year-old Alli who Villa predicts will “have a great World Cup”.

“He’s young but at the top; if he plays well in the World Cup he can become a superstar,” the Argentinian told Press Association Sport.

“I prefer that he is in the team. I like this type of player – every time he gets the ball you can expect something different. I’d be disappointed if he’s not in the first team.

“Dele Alli’s another great player, who came to the club very young. (Mauricio) Pochettino worked very hard with him and improved him every day. Now he’s at the top level, so everybody expects so much from him. He can play nice football. I expect him to have a great World Cup and be a top, top player.”

It is largely because of Alli that the 65-year-old Villa expects England to have a good tournament, but he does not consider them among its favourites, and instead believes that reaching the quarter-finals would represent a success.

“My favourite is Brazil,” he said at a Football Whispers event. “The way they play the ball on the floor; Neymar, (Philippe) Coutinho, Willian. They have three or four players who can make a difference anytime.

“Spain play nice football and have great players, and I expect Germany to be there, and Argentina in the last four.

“If England can get into the last four it’ll be great for the English league. It’s a young team this year.

“I expect them to do well, qualify from the first round, but after it’s very difficult to predict. This year they have a nice team – young – and I expect England to do better than at the last World Cup.”

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Germany coach Joachim Low rules himself out of running for Real Madrid job

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Germany manager Joachim Low is happy in his current job.

Joachim Low has ruled himself out of the running to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.

“Of course I can completely rule that out now,” Germany’s World Cup-winning manager said. “Real Madrid will surely find a very, very good substitute for Zinedine Zidane.

“His resignation surprised me a little, but he is the best judge of whether the team has reached its peak (under him).

“If he feels now is the right time, then you have to respect that.”

Low signed an extension with the German football federation ahead of this summer’s World Cup, where Die Mannschaft are looking to defend the title they won in 2014. He hasn’t been a manager at club level since 2004, with Austria Vienna.

During his reign, Germany have reached at least the semi-finals of every international tournament, with the 2014 triumph in Brazil his crowning moment.

He also led an inexperienced squad to the Confederations Cup title last year, even though Germany left most of their star players at home.

His side’s preparations for this summer’s tournament in Russia conclude with friendlies against Austria on Saturday and Saudi Arabia next Friday, before kicking off their defence of the World Cup against Mexico in Moscow on June 17. They will also face South Korea and Sweden in Group F.

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