Joachim Low will be without Marco Reus or Toni Kroos when Germany take on Russia in a friendly match this week.
Russia have said farewell to a hero of their stunning World Cup run with Igor Akinfeev stepping down from national team duty.
Spain's anti-doping agency has confirmed an investigation into Russia star Denis Cheryshev has been closed.
Stanislav Cherchesov will remain at the helm of Russia as part of an extended deal that could see him through to the next World Cup.
There was more to Russia 2018 than VAR controversy, stunning goals and classic matches, as Omnisport's alternative awards list details.
The Opta data reveals a number of records and outstanding statistics that underpin World Cup 2018's claim to being one of the best ever.
St Peterburg closes its World Cup with England v Belgium on Saturday having come a long way from being the birthplace of football in Russia.
Russia surpassed expectations in reaching the World Cup quarter-finals but Yuri Zhirkov has opted to call time on his international career.
Sergei Ignashevich, who turns 39 this month, has retired from football in the wake of Russia's World Cup quarter-final exit.