World Cup 2018 draw in Moscow is hosted by Gary Lineker

When Russia was announced as the host of the 2018 World Cup, Gary Lineker was scathing in his criticism.

But yesterday the BBC star seemed to have had a dramatic change of heart, and his 2012 tweet that attacked football governing body Fifa’s decision to award the tournament to Russia as ‘ever more ludicrous’ appeared to have been deleted.

Lineker was all smiles in Moscow as he presented the draw for next year’s World Cup, having accepted £20,000 to rub shoulders with smiling Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

Gary Lineker is believed to have been paid £20,000 by Fifa to compere the draw ceremony – televised to millions around the world – with Russian journalist Maria Komandnaya

Gary Lineker is believed to have been paid £20,000 by Fifa to compere the draw ceremony – televised to millions around the world – with Russian journalist Maria Komandnaya

The BBC star seemed to have had a dramatic change of heart, and his 2012 tweet that attacked football governing body Fifa’s decision to award the tournament to Russia as ‘ever more ludicrous’ appeared to have been deleted

The BBC star seemed to have had a dramatic change of heart, and his 2012 tweet that attacked football governing body Fifa’s decision to award the tournament to Russia as ‘ever more ludicrous’ appeared to have been deleted

He proudly posted photos on Instagram of himself in an opulent gold-trimmed dressing room which he joked was ‘like Donald ’s lift’.

He also posed for sightseeing photos in Red Square and in front of the Tsar Bell, a huge bronze bell commissioned by a niece of Peter the Great. The former England

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