Eritrea aren't going to the World Cup and most of them aren't going home either.
Eritrea footballers 'gain Botswana asylum' after World Cup qualifier
It be must be impossible to develop a team when that keeps happens. They've lost almost 50 players this way over the past ten years. It's probably just as well they're not playing in a group stage.
Everything else football-wise.
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I've mentioned this before, but I'm not sure the idea of "taking England fans to Moscow" is a particularly good one.
Instead of admiring English hooligans, people in the Russian community express barely disguised disdain for their diminished fighting ability, propensity to drink, and perceived reliance on a reputation they no longer deserve.
That disdain has been sharpened recently by growing tensions between Russia and the West. “I’ve nothing against ordinary English people, and you might not want to hear it, but I hate the British state. It is one of Russia’s worst enemies,” he said.
While Mr Khuslyutdinov insists that politics are banned from stadiums, he admits he and may others in the movement hold “quite right wing” views that chime closely with those of the Kremlin.
A sign of just how far the convergence of hawkish public ideology with football terrace nationalism came after the now infamous assault on England fans in Marseille Old Port and Velodrome stadium in June.
The discipline, brutality, and obvious preparation of those attacks provoked outrage in Britain, but barely disguised glee amongst some Russian officials in Moscow.
Anyway, once the cricket fans in the Foreign Office and general Guardian readers find out the World Cup is in Russia they'll start kicking up all sorts of moral fuss too. It's probably better for England to just pull out now.
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