Never mind the football, the real World Cup battle is going on off the field.
Gareth Southgate’s promising young England side look ready to make a mark on the world stage and help atone for the disappointments of recent tournaments.
Read our irreverent World Cup blog which will be featuring every day during the tournament. Today we have sports journalist Layth Yousif reviewing the first day of the eagerly-awaited tournament...
ITV’s chairman has given his backing to Bexley’s London Borough of Culture bid.
The winners will be announced in February