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The tournament is hours away from the big kick-off, but how are the players getting on? Daniel Sturridge kicks back, Mesut Ozil calls the army ... and Wolverine gets in the mood

It's finally here! Yes, the World Cup begins with a bang on Thursday evening as the opening ceremony cuts the red ribbon - or should that be yellow ribbon? - before Brazil take on Croatia.

So, with ongoing questions over the country's readiness to host the tournament, how are the players getting on?

Daniel Sturridge is taking advantage of some spare time to do nothing but tweet, apparently, while Australia ponder room buddies and boast a famous fan.

All that, and a South American party, and even more as Word of the Tweet makes a long-awaited return for the World Cup!

ENGLAND UNWIND... Well, Daniel Sturridge does at least
CLOSE SHAVE... Wolverine star Hugh Jackman shows his colours
SPIDER OR SNAKE?... Boredom strikes in the Australia camp
BERLIN WALL... Germany toughen up for Portugal
'THE ADVENTURE STARTS'... Spain gear up by playing ping-pong
SOUTH AMERICAN SAMBA... Neymar & Mascherano party