World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony, ITV, review — Robbie Williams plays ringmaster at the circus-style event

England probably won’t win the football tournament but at least a bloke from Stoke-on-Trent was the star of the curtain-raising event. Before a ball was kicked, Robbie Williams worked the crowd and crooned karaoke-style at the Fifa World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony (ITV). Port Vale 1, Rest of the World 0.

Marking the start of the 21st global football feast, Williams swaggered cockily into Moscow’s 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium wearing a red leopardskin suit, as if Morrissey had gone to Las Vegas, and launched into a medley of his hits: Let Me Entertain You (at least its lyrics fitted the occasion), Feel and Angels (the latter two, not so much). Sadly, there was no Party Like a Russian, the 2016…

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