5. Russia and 2018
Russia’s game against Algeria could be their last competitive World Cup match for four years. With the Russian’s hosting the tournament in 2018 the onus is on them to produce a strong squad and bring them through in time for the next World Cup. They should use the upcoming European Championship qualifying campaign and finals, if they make it, to blood any new talent that comes through and replace the aging players.
Fabio Capello is tied to Russia till the next World Cup but his immediate concern is for his side to win their last group game and hope that they do enough to qualify for the knock out stages. Anything less could see his position under serious threat.
The Italian legend had an awful time with England in South Africa, it would be quite an ‘achievement’ if his experience with Russia in this tournament turned out to be even worse.