Russian Embassy trolls England over World Cup 'surveillance' reports
The FA have reportedly told England players and staff travelling to the World Cup in Russia not to use public Wi-Fi to store sensitive information about tactics and injury issues as it may be susceptible to hacking attacks.
The Daily Star have since produced a paranoid story about England supposedly taking a dedicated surveillance team with them over fears that the host nation might resort to espionage to undermine the Three Lions' chances.
Rather brilliantly, this resulted in them being torn asunder by the Russian Embassy in the UK.
A football team would be a better option pic.twitter.com/4Psj4ZkGy5— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) October 10, 2017
The Embassy is not wrong, of course.
That said, it might be easier for the FA to assemble an effective counter-surveillance team to take with them to Russia than actually cobbling together and England squad capable of winning the tournament.
Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.