The massive armchair audience on BBC for England's opening game showed what a popular kick-off time 7pm can be on a weekday - allowing kids to stay up and late enough for most people to be back from work. "Ronaldo is the best player in the world with Messi".
At the highest level, success and failure can often be down to one player rising above the rest to produce the decisive moment.
Russian media reported the fans called police when they could not find the hotel, while finding the same street name in the World Cup host city.
His team mate Raheem Sterling looked particularly bothered by the tiny gnats circling his face before the start of the second half.More news: Japan Make World Cup History With Win Over 10-Man Colombia
Yet as the stadium announcer in Volgograd played "Football's Coming Home", England's lament to their years of hurt at global level as they started their latest major tournament adventure on Monday night, a familiar story was set to unfold once again. I have a lot of determination, I enjoy being here and it is about stepping it up. The Euros were disappointing for me, for everyone, so it was a challenge to put that right.
I've never once seen or heard you derive anything but misery from football.
But if you scratch beneath the surface with England, you will not find much depth in the goal scoring department outside of Kane.
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The Japanese Embassy in Moscow told AFP Princess Takamado would also travel to Yekaterinburg where Japan will play Senegal on Sunday and where she will take part in a seminar on traditional "Kyudo" archery.
Southgate added: "We had to keep monitoring Dele".
"So, I would rather come here and attack it, give it everything, score goals, and if we go out, we go out".
"I know he will feel the pride in leading his country to a win in a World Cup match, which is the most important thing".More news: Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall gives birth to baby girl