Best images as football fever grips Russia for the 2018 World Cup

Sport360 staff 14/06/2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup got underway with hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia in the first game on Thursday.

The football extravaganza will be played in 12 stadiums across 12 cities with the title decider at the 81,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium on July 15.

Defending champions Germany, 2010 winners Spain, Brazil, France and Lionel Messi-led Argentina are among the top contenders for the title.

And as footballing fever grips the world, we take a look at some of the best images of fans in Russia.

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Kieran Trippier insists England will not be overly reliant on his Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane at the World Cup.

Kane has been appointed England captain and goes into Monday’s Group G opener against Tunisia on the back of scoring 30 Premier League goals for Spurs last season.

Attention is understandably trained on England’s focal point, but Trippier believes their group rivals would be unwise to underestimate the side as a whole.

The defender said: “Everybody knows what Harry Kane’s all about, he’s a goalscorer and a great professional.

“But if you look all around our team we’ve got winners, we’ve got goals all around the pitch.

“It’s not just Harry, we’ve got a strong forward line, a lot of pace, youth and I know the boys are looking forward to getting on with it now.”

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Egypt hero Mohamed Salah 'almost 100 per cent' certain to play in their World Cup opener

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Mohamed Salah sported a smile in training.

Egypt superstar Mohamed Salah is “almost 100 per cent” certain to play in Friday’s World Cup opener against Uruguay, says boss Hector Cuper.

Salah, 25, has been in a race against time to be passed fit after he injured shoulder ligaments in a controversial early collision with Sergio Ramos during Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid on May 26.

The forward missed all three of Egypt’s warm-up friendlies.

“I can almost assure you 100 per cent he will play, save unforeseen circumstances at the very last minute,” said Cuper.

The match at Ekaterinburg Arena in Group A will be Egypt’s first at a World Cup finals in 28 years.

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