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Telegraph unveils its World Cup coverage

The Telegraph on Friday announced its editorial line-up, initiatives and plans for the World Cup, which begins this week in Russia.

Telegraph unveils its World Cup coverage

The Telegraph’s team of sports writers who will be in Russia includes: Sam Wallace, Jason Burt, Paul Hayward, Jim White, James Ducker, Matt Law, Oliver Brown and Jeremy Wilson.

Joining the former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher in The Telegraph’s team of expert commentators will be former England and Arsenal women’s international, Alex Scott.

One of the most celebrated names in women’s football, Scott racked up 140 caps for her country and won nine league titles and seven FA Cups with Arsenal. She was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for her services to football.

Scott will write Telegraph columns and, like Carragher, feature in the Telegraph’s Total Football podcast during the tournament.

Alex Scott said: “I am delighted to be joining The Telegraph’s talented team in Russia for what promises to be a World Cup to remember. I can’t wait for it begin.”

In addition to extra daily coverage in print and on the Telegraph’s dedicated World Cup section, there was a special 20-page supplement last Saturday previewing the tournament. A souvenir wall chart was included in last Sunday’s Telegraph, for readers to fill-in.

Throughout the Cup, The Telegraph will publish specially commissioned drawings and animations by artist Tim Vyner, capturing the atmosphere on the ground in Russia.

The Telegraph says it is the first UK publisher to launch a live series on Google Amp Stories. Over the course of the World Cup, each story will capture post game big moments and colour from Russia 2018.

From the official tournament kick off date, Thursday 14 June, a daily World Cup Nerd newsletter will be available to registered customers offering facts, stats and match previews, delivered to their inbox.

The Telegraph’s Total Football podcast will publish special editions throughout with news, comment, reaction and special guests.

Following its trial during the Six Nations rugby tournament, a Whatsapp notifications group will also be available, allowing fans to communicate directly with The Telegraph during games and throughout the tournament.

A number of interactive World Cup tools have been up and running in the weeks leading to the tournament, including:

* England team selector - Telegraph readers are putting themselves in Gareth Southgate's shoes and picking their XI for England's opening game against Tunisia.

* Russia 2018 World Cup Predictor – An interactive wall chart game, allowing readers to plot their team's route to the final.

* Who will win the World Cup? - The Telegraph's forecasting game lets readers rate the factors they think determine 2018's winners.

* Pick your World Cup squad - readers selected who they would have selected in England’s World Cup squad and compared their picks to The Telegraph’s experts.

* In addition, a special edition of The Telegraph Fantasy Football offers Telegraph readers the chance to select World Cup teams.

The World Cup offers sports fans an opportunity to take out The Telegraph’s first content-specific subscription offer, Premium Sport.

Premium Sport offers access to all sports articles on Telegraph.co.uk and the Telegraph app.

In addition, says the Telegraph, subscribers can join the debate by commenting on articles, stay informed with a weekly sports newsletter and enjoy subscriber-only offers and exclusive events with Premium Rewards.

Adam Sills, Head of Sport, The Telegraph, said: “For football fans seeking in-depth, intelligent and quality World Cup journalism, there’s nowhere better than The Telegraph. Our team offers unrivalled expertise, knowledge and insight and will be the place for all you need to know about Russia 2018.”