England arrive in Qatar ready for ‘pinnacle of world football’

England arrived in Qatar on Tuesday night ahead of the Fifa World Cup, which begins on Sunday.

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

England face Iran in Group B on Monday, 21 November before games against the United States and Wales.

“Excitement is building among everyone,” said captain Harry Kane.

“We’re happy to be here and looking forward to being out on the training pitch.”

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

England are looking to go at least one better than their performance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where they reached the semi-finals and were beaten 2-1 by Croatia in extra time.

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

“It’s going to be a tough tournament, we have to prepare for that but really excited to get going.”

A crowd of supporters had gathered to wave off Southgate’s squad as they left St George’s Park for their flight to Qatar.

The night before their departure, Prince William presented the players with their shirt numbers for the tournament and also provided some words of encouragement.

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

  

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