The former Russia and Tottenham forward is positive his country will host a spectacular event.
Russia 2018 will be the best World Cup in history, according to the local striker Roman Pavlyuchenko. The tournament is just over eight months away, with 15 nations already qualified for the event.
Yet, there are some fears that the showpiece tournament will be marked by racism, hooliganism and homophobia by the local the crowd. Pavlyuchenko, however, believes that his country will produce a great show.
“I’m absolutely sure that fans will like it and I’m sure that it will be the best World Cup in the history of the World Cup. All the fans will come here and enjoy it, I’m absolutely sure,” he told the Mirror .
“There is a misconception that going to Russia will see lots of people getting hurt, punched and attacked. Anyone who comes here can see that it’s not like that. I’m sure everything will be fine in that respect.
“There are security worries wherever you go in the world but I am sure that the organisation here will be excellent and will make it very safe for the fans.”
“I think people who come here for the World Cup will stay here because they will never want to leave. It will be a World Cup to remember.”