Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo touch down in Russia for 2018 World Cup


Brazil arrived at the Russia World Cup in typically flamboyant fashion

With the World Cup just three days away, star names such as Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo have arrived in Russia as preparations for the tournament enters the final stretch.

Brazil, led by head coach Tite and talisman Neymar, touched down in Sochi on Monday morning.

They are staying at a luxury hotel in Sochi, although they are not scheduled to play any matches near the Black Sea resort.

The side arrived in typically-flamboyant fashion ahead of their first game against Switzerland on Sunday.

0:43 Brazil arrived at the Russia World Cup in typically flamboyant fashion

1998 champions France touched down in Moscow before going to their base in the forest in Istra outside the Russian capital.

On Saturday, they face Australia in their opening Group C game before playing Peru and Denmark.

0:32 1998 World Cup winners France touch down in Russia for this summer's tournament

European champions Portugal arrived on Sunday ahead of Friday’s opening match against Spain.

On arrival, Ronaldo and his team got a traditional welcome at a bread and salt ceremony near their camp in Kratovo.

0:24 Find out what Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo found so funny at their arrival in Russia

Egypt’s key player Mo Salah says “he’s optimistic” about being fit for the tournament and that “everything is fine” with their preparations.

They face Uruguay on Friday in their group stage opener.

England will fly out to their Repino training base near Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.