"We still have time to study Russia's game. First of all, we must focus on our own game. I hope, we will be able to beat Russia. I think the game against Russia will be very difficult... Russia are a good team with great players. They are united and strong, especially in defense," Al-Shehri told journalists.

The team arrived in Russia on June 9 and will be based in St. Petersburg at the training base of the local side Zenit St. Petersburg.

Saudi Arabia will play hosts Russia in the opening game of the World Cup at the 81,000-seater Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, as well as Egypt and Uruguay who have also been drawn in Group A.