The World Cup is now just one day away with 32 footballing nations fully prepared to fight it out for the chance to make history in Russia.

As well as coverage from every one of the 64 matches taking place over the next month, Sportsmail will also be bringing you unrivalled analysis from eight experts who know what a World Cup is all about.

Here, we introduce Sportsmail’s eight-man squad that will be providing their expert insight into what the players, managers and referees are thinking and feeling.

Jamie Redknapp

Tournaments: Euro 1996

Caps: 17

Goals: 1

ENGLAND HIGHLIGHT

A commanding midfield performance against Scotland at Euro 96… and taking the shot which Colombia goalkeeper Rene Higuita saved with a scorpion kick in 1995.

DID YOU KNOW? 

Redknapp scored his only England goal against Belgium in 1999 — the match in which his cousin Frank Lampard made his senior debut. 

Jamie Redknapp (right) consoles Gareth Southgate after that penalty miss during Euro 96

Jamie Redknapp (right) consoles Gareth Southgate after that penalty miss during Euro 96

Jamie Redknapp (right) consoles Gareth Southgate after that penalty miss during Euro 96

Martin Keown

Tournaments: Euro 1992 & 2000, World Cup 1998 & 2002

Caps: 43

Goals: 2

ENGLAND HIGHLIGHT

Being handed the captain’s armband by Howard Wilkinson for a World Cup qualifier against Finland in October 2000. He also man-marked Ruud Gullit in England’s 2-2 draw with Holland in 1993.

DID YOU KNOW?

Though he was by no means prolific, Keown scored a thumping, 25-yard drive against Czechoslovakia in just his second cap in 1992. It’s well worth looking up on YouTube. 

Martin Keown celebrates with David Beckham after earning qualification to World Cup 2002

Martin Keown celebrates with David Beckham after earning qualification to World Cup 2002

Martin Keown celebrates with David Beckham after earning qualification to World Cup 2002

Peter Crouch

Tournaments: World Cup 2006 & 2010

Caps: 42

Goals: 22

ENGLAND HIGHLIGHT

Celebrating a hat-trick against Jamaica in 2006 with his iconic robot dance.

DID YOU KNOW? 

Crouch was wearing two different numbers on his shirt when he scored his first goal for England against Uruguay in 2006. 

He had 21 printed on the front and 12 on the back! 

Peter Crouch celebrates his goal against Trinidad and Tobago during the 2006 World Cup

Peter Crouch celebrates his goal against Trinidad and Tobago during the 2006 World Cup

Peter Crouch celebrates his goal against Trinidad and Tobago during the 2006 World Cup

Terry Venables

Tournaments: Euro 1996

Games managed: 23

Win percentage: 48.7

ENGLAND HIGHLIGHT

Leading England to the semi-finals at Euro 96.

DID YOU KNOW? 

Venables was the first player to be capped at every England representative level — schoolboy, youth, amateur, Under 23 and senior — and become manager. 

Terry Venables took England to within a penalty shootout of a major final at Euro 1996

Terry Venables took England to within a penalty shootout of a major final at Euro 1996

Terry Venables took England to within a penalty shootout of a major final at Euro 1996

Bryan Robson (England)

Tournaments: World Cup 1982, 1986 & 1990, Euro 1988

Caps: 90

Goals: 26

ENGLAND HIGHLIGHT

Scoring after just 27 seconds against France at the 1982 World Cup — the first of two goals in a 3-1 win. He was also part of Terry Venables’ coaching staff at Euro 96.

DID YOU KNOW?

He was given a gold watch by FIFA for that 27-second strike which at the time was thought to be the fastest-ever World Cup goal. Turkey’s Hakan Sukur now holds the record, scoring after 11 seconds against South Korea in 2002.

Bryan Robson's 1990 World Cup came to an end with an achilles tendon injury against Holland

Bryan Robson's 1990 World Cup came to an end with an achilles tendon injury against Holland

Bryan Robson’s 1990 World Cup came to an end with an achilles tendon injury against Holland

Graham Poll

Tournaments: Euro 2000, World Cup 2002 & 2006

Tournament matches: 6

Yellow cards: 31

Red cards: 4

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHT

Becoming just the fifth English referee to officiate at two World Cups after Arthur Ellis, George Reader, Jack Taylor and George Courtney.

DID YOU KNOW?

During his career, Poll sent off two of our experts: Martin Keown and Slavisa Jokanovic. 

Graham Poll refereed at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and hundreds of Premier League ties

Graham Poll refereed at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and hundreds of Premier League ties

Graham Poll refereed at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and hundreds of Premier League ties

Slavisa Jokanovic (Yugoslavia)

Tournaments: World Cup 1998 & Euro 2000 (for FR Yugoslavia)

Caps: 64

Goals: 10

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHT

Helping Yugoslavia to the last 16 at France 98, where they were beaten by a last-minute Edgar Davids goal against Holland.

DID YOU KNOW? 

Jokanovic was Claudio Ranieri’s first signing as a Premier League manager, joining Chelsea from Deportivo for £1.7m in 2000.

Slavisa Jokanovic of Yugoslavia fires in an acrobatic effort during the 1998 World Cup in France

Slavisa Jokanovic of Yugoslavia fires in an acrobatic effort during the 1998 World Cup in France

Slavisa Jokanovic of Yugoslavia fires in an acrobatic effort during the 1998 World Cup in France

Chris Sutton (England)

Tournaments: None

Caps: 1

Goals: 0

ENGLAND HIGHLIGHT 

Playing 12 minutes off the bench in a 2-0 win over Cameroon in 1997. His refusal to play for the England B team the following year ended his international career.

DID YOU KNOW? 

He scored 18 goals to share the Premier League Golden Boot in 1998 with Michael Owen — who went to that year’s World Cup — and Dion Dublin in 1998. England’s other strikers in France — Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham and Les Ferdinand — scored 16 goals between them that season. 

Chris Sutton finished his career with just one England cap despite huge domestic success

Chris Sutton finished his career with just one England cap despite huge domestic success

Chris Sutton finished his career with just one England cap despite huge domestic success

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