ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

FourFourTwo - - EDITOR'S LETTER - @Four­fourt­woed Hitesh Ratna Ed­i­tor

Here’s what we’ve been ask­ing our­selves in the fi­nal few weeks be­fore the World Cup kicks off. How would Nigel de Jong re­act if we asked him to pose with a child’s lawn­mower? Rather well, as it turns out. The Dutch de­stroyer re­lives his great­est hits, specif­i­cally on Xabi Alonso – ‘I’d like to take him for a beer’ – while play­ing up to his nick­name (p10). How im­por­tant is Paul Pogba to France? Once upon a time the golden boy for Les Bleus, the Man United mid­fielder will be hop­ing to put a patchy sea­son be­hind him and prove to the world that he’s still the main man for Di­dier Deschamps’ side (p32). Roberto Firmino – can he flick it? Yes he can. We caught up with the Liver­pool for­ward over a game of Sub­bu­teo to dis­cuss emu­lat­ing his he­roes Ronaldo and Ronald­inho, by help­ing Brazil to win a record sixth World Cup (p38). Will Jesse Lin­gard be Eng­land’s sur­prise star in Rus­sia? The Red Devils’ winger is cer­tainly back­ing him­self, hav­ing al­ready vi­su­alised how he might cel­e­brate scor­ing in the fi­nal. Note: that’s a def­i­nite yel­low card, Jesse (p46). And fi­nally, who’s go­ing to win it? The wait is al­most over, time to find out...

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