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Dele Alli, Alexandre Lacazette And A Host Of Other Stars Play At FIFA 18 Launch

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Tottenham Hotspur Superstar Dele Alli displayed his gaming skills and showed the world that he is just as good at EA Sports FIFA as he is at playing football for real at the official launch party.

Dele Alli has a decent rating on FIFA

Footballers, musicians and TV stars came together for the EA Sports FIFA 18 launch party that took place in Shoreditch in London.

Alexandre Lacazette is a big fan of FIFA 18

The game will be available in the market from September 29 – and Alli was joined by Arsenal’s club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette, rap star Wretch 32 and singer Olly Murs for some high-octane gaming session.

Footballer-turned-boxer Rio Ferdinand is a FIFA fan

Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand, who recently announced that he is kick-starting a career in boxing, also arrived at the party.

Manchester United’s Ashley Young also showed he is a fan of the world’s most popular footy game

Other footballers who appeared at the launch party included West Ham’s Michail Antonio, Manchester United’s Ashley Young, Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Hull’s David Meyler.

Olly Murs partnered with Dele Alli as Spurs, taking on Alexandre Lacazette and Wretch 32 who were Arsenal

In a high-voltage gaming session Alli teamed up with Murs to control Spurs and on the other side Lacazette and Wretch 32 played as Arsenal.

Alexandre Lacazette even managed to get himself booked as Arsenal lost 4-0 in the North London derby

And Alli dominated the proceedings in the virtual world – beating his fellow pro 4-0 in the North London derby.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha winged his way in for the party

Gamers usually expect minor upgrades in graphics and gameplay but this time around there is little to explore on that front – as the current edition (FIFA 17) was the first under the new Frostbite game engine.

Rio Ferdinand

Leaving aside a plethora of new in-game features, one stand-out addition into the game is ‘dynamic weather’ feature, – which means that gamers would not have to play the full 90 minutes in pounding rain or blistering sunshine, rather the weather will automatically change throughout.

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi shows off his player card

An EA spokesperson said: “It’s not only a pretty effect, it actually changes the way you play the game.”

Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson, who played in last night’s Carabao Cup win against Doncaster

FIFA 18 will cost around £49.99 – but given the demand, some outlets may undercut this.

Alexandre Lacazette was on the receiving end of a 4-0 defeat to Dele Alli and Tottenham

Cristiano Ronaldo is the cover star of FIFA 18.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek took time out to attend the FIFA 18 launch party

The Real Madrid superstar’s arch rival Lionle Messi was the cover star from 2013 to 2016 – and this comes as a huge surprise – changing the entire look and feel of the game.

Hull striker David Meyler

Dortmund’s Marco Reus was on the cover in 2017 but it appears EA have opted for one of the best in the business to replace Messi.

West Ham’s Michail Antonio attended the launch party


Ashley Young took his son and Arsenal youth player Tyler along to the launch party

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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