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Steve Riding, freelance photographer for the YEP, gives a first-hand account of the tournament.

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I’VE TRAVELLED all over the world watching England but Russia takes some beating.

I’ve been to Rio and Rio is, well... Rio.

I’ve been to two others World Cups as well – Spain in ’82 and Germany in 2006 – but the two places we’ve been in Russia have been superb.

The people there were as friendly as anywhere we’ve been and I’ve been to Ukraine, Dortmund, Berlin, Oslo – I’ve just been to Paris – Copenhagen, Tallinn, Stockholm. I could go on…

Obviously, it was a bit different to other places but everywhere you went the people couldn’t do enough for you.

You’d walk past in your........

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