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Robbie Williams to perform at World Cup opening ceremony

AFP  |  London 

British pop star will perform at opening ceremony in on Thursday, the world governing body and the singer's representatives said.

The award-winning formerly in the band Take That, who is best known for his hit single "Angels", will sing alongside Russian soprano shortly before and kick off at

The 44-year-old said in a statement on Monday that performing at was "a boyhood dream" and it would be "an unforgettable show".

His song "Party Like a Russian" two years ago sparked controversy in for promoting stereotypes about the country.

It included lyrics about a leader who "alleviates the cash from a whole entire nation, takes loose change and builds his own space station".

Williams told fans on at the time that the song "is definitely not about (Russian Vladimir) Putin".

Last year, he offered to represent in the Eurovision in a jokey interview on Russian state-controlled Channel One television.

Williams told Andrei Malakhov, the host of the show "Pust Govoryat" or "Let Them Talk", in comments dubbed into Russian: "I'd like to represent Russia at Eurovision. Come on Russia, we can win!"

Williams grinned as he made the offer, adding however that he could see his "has already got his in his hands".

Former striker -- known as "O Fenomeno" -- will also be taking part in the opening ceremony, said.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 16:00 IST