World Cup 2018: countdown to opening ceremony and first game – live!

Keep up with all the latest news from Russia Spain sack Julen Lopetegui as Fernando Hierro takes over Send your thoughts via email , Twitter , or below the line 11.01am BST Well if it isn’t time for elevenses (insert alternative excuse for a scone if in different time zone). Here’s a short reading list for those heading out on a break. First, how Sporting’s meltdown is dominating Portuguese football: Related: Sporting meltdown casts shadow over Portugal’s World Cup buildup Related: The 2026 World Cup is scant silver lining as US fans watch Russia 2018 Related: The complexity of supporting El Tri on the US-Mexico border 10.51am BST My general opinion on sporting theme tunes is, if it wasn’t written by Keith Mansfield, I’m not interested. Continue reading...

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