Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin has said he is surprised Russia won the right to host the 2018 World Cup, but is certain it will be 'perfect'.
Arshavin was in Zurich last week for the 2018 World Cup announcement, where he helped deliver a moving speech during Russia's final presentation.
The 29-year-old said he can understand the disappointment of England's failure to win over the Fifa Executive Committee.
"It was predictable, you love football, I see it every day, football in England is a religion," he said.
"When I came back, Jack Wilshere said to me: 'heh, what have you done? I dreamed to lift the trophy in front of my own supporters!"
"I can understand him, but I said 'you still have time to wait'."
Arshavin continued: "It will help our country to improve, not just in terms of football.
"It will be perfect, believe me - if Vladimir Putin wants something, he does really well."
Arshavin was jeered by some Fulham supporters on Saturday.
He said: "I fully understand them, but it did not disturb me to beat their team, no problem."