England boycott could potentially cost future World Cup appearances

Unable to forgive us for winning right to host World Cup’ Russia responds to UK boycott threats

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Sky Sports News has reported that England will still go to the World Cup unless the Football Association (FA) is "told directly" by the government that they should not attend.

"The popularity of this government is going downwards", he said, arguing that Prime Minister Theresa May has been unable to deliver on her promises following Britain's decision to leave the bloc after a referendum in 2016.

"Such proposals [to boycott the World Cup] come not only from journalists, but also from officials - in particular from U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and from the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Tom Tugendhat", the Russian foreign ministry told news agency Interfax.

May's announcement should remove the worst-case scenario - an English boycott - for Russian organisers and the world football governing body FIFA.

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The vice-president of the Russian Football Union, Nikita Simonyan, also commented on the matter, saying that the poisoning incident should not affect the hosting of the World Cup in Russia.

The tournament runs from June 14 to July 15, with England starting their campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18.

But responding to questions from journalists during the announcement of England team for friendly matches against The Netherlands and Italy, the FA said only security issues can stop the team from being in Russian Federation in June.

RT, formerly known as Russia Today, has recently been attacked by politicians in France and the United States for pumping out propaganda in support of Russian president Vladimir Putin, and on Monday in parliament several MPs called for its UK broadcasting licence to be withdrawn.

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