Oliver Kay of The Times of London, on the ground in Switzerland, has tweeting speculation bolstering reports that Russia may have won World Cup 2018. According to Kay, unconfirmed reports around FIFA headquarters hold England was eliminated on the first ballot:
And the suggestion is that England went out at the first hurdle. Unconfirmed
Caveat, speculation, not indicative, blah, blah, blah. We're just collecting the smoke here, people, and everything we're seeing is pointing to one of two things. There could be an elaborate rouse on FIFA's part, a huge practical joke meant to dupe the English-speaking world, one that would antagonize a huge nation with unaccounted-for nukes. Or, Russia could be announced as the winner of the World Cup 2018 hosting rights. You tell me where we should go with this.
For what it's worth, Oliver Kay isn't the only journo to tweet such speculum. Most of the particulars on the ground in Switzerland are hearing Russia and Qatar are the winners. The announcement hasn't come, and this could be a number of reporters tweeted to an English speaking world who are reading tea leaves with excessive pessimism.
It could also be noting the fire's smoke. Gulp.