50 Days Until World Cup 2018

As of Tuesday the official 2018 FIFA World Cup website is showing 50 days until the tournament begins with Russia's game against Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

England have to wait slightly longer of course until they take on Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday 18 June but the excitement and nerves will be building for Gareth Southgate as he makes the final preparations and awaits any injury news on potential members of his squad.

His Liverpool contingent look all set to be on club duty right up until 26 May and the Champions League Final in Kiev which with five English clubs in the competition this year always looked a likely scenario for at least one or two of the England squad.

And the Three Lions boss seems to be enjoying the build-up to the big event with the FA website reporting a relaxed meeting with members of the England Supporters Travel Club taking place last week.

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