World Cup 2022: England arrive in Qatar ready for ‘top of world football’


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England arrived in Qatar on Tuesday night ahead of the FIFA World Cup which starts on Sunday.

Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad left Birmingham earlier today and will spend the next few days in a training camp near Doha ahead of the tournament’s opening game.

England They face Iran in Group B on Monday, November 21 (13:00 GMT), before games against the United States and Wales.

“Everyone is getting excited,” said captain Harry Kane.

“We’re excited to be here and looking forward to getting out on the practice field.”

Southgate added: “It’s the pinnacle of world football for every player and every manager, so we’re really looking forward to testing ourselves on that stage.”

The England team will be captained by Harry Kane in Qatar
England supporters in Qatar
England supporters waited outside the England team hotel in Qatar to greet the players on their arrival

England will be looking to at least improve on their performance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where they reached the semi-finals and They beat Croatia 2-1 in extra time.

“We’re trying not to think that far ahead, but of course that’s the dream and what we want to do,” added Kane.

“It will be a tough tournament, we have to prepare for it but we are excited to move forward.”

Crowds of supporters gathered to boo Southgate’s team as they left St George’s Park for their flight to Qatar.

The night before they left, Prince William presented the players with their tournament shirt numbers and gave them some words of encouragement.

“I’m really here to say that the rest of the country is behind you,” he said. “We’re all rooting for you, enjoy.”

Teams will usually focus on training weeks before a major tournament, but this time they only have a few days to prepare for their opening matches, as this World Cup will be held in the middle of the domestic season.

“We’re used to preparing for games with England at short notice, with big tournaments it’s a bit different,” added Kane.

“The mentality of the line-up will adapt well and that’s what we’re going for.”

England players have arrived in Qatar
England play Iran, the United States and Wales in their group matches
Prince William presents England players with their shirt numbers the night before they leave
Prince William presented the England players with their shirt numbers the night before they left
England team photo
The England squad posed in stylish outfits for a team photo before departing for Qatar

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