England arrive in Qatar, ready to face the ‘pinnacle’ of world football.

The England squad arrived in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday night in preparation of the World Cup which kicks off in just 5 days, with the first English fixture being next Monday against Iran.

Gareth Southgate and his side will now spend the week at their training camp in Doha prior to the opening game of the tournament.

The importance of the World Cup is not lost on Southgate as he told BBC Sport, “For every player and every manager its the pinnacle of world football so we’re really looking forward to testing ourselves on that stage”.

England will be hoping to go one step further than their previous World Cup outing which resulted in a semi-final run before losing to eventual runners-up Croatia.

Harry Kane will be dreaming of a successful campaign however has harboured expectations, “We’re trying not to think that far ahead but of course that’s the dream.”

Before flying out to Qatar, the England squad were waved off by a crowd of hopeful England fans who believe that this is the team to ‘bring football home’.

With not long to settle in the country and prepare, the pressure is now on as we are within touching distance of footballs biggest competition.

Jonathan Maze | GWCFN

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