Three days to go, at the time of writing. The excitement is….not at all what it used to be when a World Cup was about to start. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, the tournament is being held in Russia. It feels wrong. It is, almost certainly, wrong. As with Qatar, there are suspicions, to say the least, that the right to host the World Cup has been bought – not won. Unlike Qatar, Russia is at least a major football playing nation and worthy of hosting the greatest competition on earth. But then there is Putin, his regime and our rather tetchy relationship with him. English fans usually travel in fantastic numbers. Not this time.