Russia ease past Saudi Arabia in World Cup opener: but what lies ahead for England?

Four years have passed since Germany beat Argentina 1 – 0 in the 2014 World Cup Final, are you excited for the World Cup 2018? Gareth Haddow from Ambassadors Football shares his thoughts.

Russia 2018 kicked off the World Cup tonight and with a scintillating 5-0 thrashing against Saudi Arabia and got fans worldwide ready for the next four weeks.

Are you looking forward to the World Cup?
Who are you supporting?
Who do you think will win the tournament?
Which nation will cause the biggest upset?

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2014 was one of the most depressing tournaments for me, being an England fan. Finishing bottom of our group with two loses and one draw. Two years later it probably got worse when we lost 2 -1 to Iceland, a country with a population of 334,000

What are your expectations for England at this tournament?
Are you happy with the squad Gareth Southgate has chosen?
As an England fan are you looking forward to the tournament?

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My expectations for this tournament are low, but I still want to believe that England can win and cause a major upset against the favourites. At least I tell this to my children when they ask me how England will do.

In your current life what are you looking forward to?
Holiday, new school/job, new relationship, exams results, etc.

Or are you in a place where you fear and are worried about the future?

There are times in my life when I worry about the future and what will happen with my children, health, finances but I constantly must remind myself that Jesus is bigger than all of this and if I look to Him, He will take care of me.

As Christians we are looking forward to the day Jesus returns. We are told in 2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Revelation 21 (Please do read it) talks about a new heaven and a new earth when Jesus returns. In verse 4 it says. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” I’m looking forward to this day, especially as it means no more suffering as an England fan.

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Will England exceed expectations at the World Cup?

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