Boycott, what boycott? Rio Ferdinand enjoys a cup of tea and a slice of cake ...

Despite a boycott by politicians and members of the Royal Family, it would appear Britain has still been represented on the diplomatic stage.

In Moscow, former England captain Rio Ferdinand was pictured enjoying tea and cake with Vladimir Putin.

The BBC football pundit, 39, was seen posing with the Russian President, who was presented with a blue number 11 football shirt with ‘Putin’ on the back.

Former England internationals Alex Scott, second left, and Rio Ferdinand, right, were pictured with Vladimir Putin centre, despite a boycott of the tournament by British politicians and members of the Royal Family over the ongoing dispute with Russia

Former England internationals Alex Scott, second left, and Rio Ferdinand, right, were pictured with Vladimir Putin centre, despite a boycott of the tournament by British politicians and members of the Royal Family over the ongoing dispute with Russia

And Ferdinand was sitting just two spaces away from Putin as they chatted around a grand, white table. He and other ‘world football legends’ – including Peter Schmeichel and Lothar Matthaus, attended the Kremlin yesterday.

Marco van Basten, Diego Forlan, Jorge Campos, Zvonimir Boban and FIFA president Gianni Infantino were also welcomed by the President.

In the meeting, Putin spoke about the atmosphere in Russia during the World Cup and claimed many

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