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Every World Cup has its signature musical instrument and hosts Russia have nominated wooden spoons for 2018.

 

Trumpeting vuvuzelas were the sound of the 2010 World Cup and 2014 had maraca-like caxirolas.

 

A video shows what the percussive cutlery-cum-instruments are capable of, with a troupe of traditional players eliciting a dazzling rhythm.

 

Footie fans on the terraces may prove less expert though.

 

And although less annoying than the controversial vuvuzelas, the wooden spoons will probably beat them for sheer volume.

 

Instrument maker Rustam Nugmanov has been part of the committee deciding which instrument should be featured in 2018.

 

He said: "From the beginning we excluded wind instruments due to the large-scale criticism of the vuvuzela used in South Africa.

 

"Then we excluded bulky instruments that are difficult to use, such as the balalaika, the accordion, as well as string instruments like the gusli [a type of lyre], but also the horn, the cymbals and others."

 

He and colleagues then hit on the wooden spoons and he has developed a rubber holder to make it easier for novice players to hold two spoons between their fingers.

 

The World Cup 2018 is due to begin on 14th June, the first time the tournament has been held in Eastern Europe.