England arrives in Qatar prepared for ‘peak of world football’

Key takeaways: 

  • Britain showed up in Qatar on Tuesday night in front of the Fifa World Cup, which starts on Sunday.
  • Gareth Southgate’s 26-man crew left Birmingham in the day and will spend the following days at their instructional course close to Doha before their initial round of the competition.

Britain faces Iran in Gathering B on Monday, 21 November (13:00 GMT) before games against the US and Ridges.

“Fervor is working among everybody,” said chief Harry Kane.

“We’re glad to be here and anticipating being out on the preparation pitch.”

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Southgate added: “For each player and each supervisor, it’s the zenith of world football, so we’re truly anticipating testing ourselves on that stage.”

Britain hopes to up the ante with their exhibition at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where they arrived at the semi-finals and were beaten 2-1 by Croatia in additional time.

“We’re making an effort not to believe that a long way ahead, but rather obviously, that is the fantasy and what we’re expecting to do,” Kane added.

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