England's World Cup fate has been decided. Gareth Southgate's men will have to navigate their way through a group containing Tunisia, Panama and Belgium to go one better than four years ago and reach the knockout stages.
Of the three cities England will play in, Nizhny Novgorod is without doubt the most appealing. Centrally located, with excellent transport links and a rich history dating back to 1221, it is simply more enticing than Volgograd or Kaliningrad. England will play Panama in Nizhny, on paper their easiest fixture, so it could really be a city that the players and fans will enjoy.
Please enjoy this little video I put together on a winter visit to Nizhny Novgorod for Jericho Online.
The World Cup is a crucial event for Russia. Their global image has taken a battering in the past few years. The conflict with Ukraine and subsequent annexation of Crimea, the alleged hacking of the US election in 2016 and questionable human rights records in certain parts of the country have all put black marks against Russia.
A successful World Cup, organised well and devoid of security issues could be just the tonic for Vladimir Putin as he enters what is almost certain to be a fourth presidential term in March. A global event of such scale could significantly boost Russia's image and help those around the world realise that there is more to this country than just the government's foreign policy.