England team treated to ‘Phoenix Nights-style’ entertainment at World Cup hotel as singer belts out karaoke classic

    GARETH SOUTHGATE and his England World Cup stars were treated to “Phoenix Nights-style” entertainment at their team hotel.

    The squad’s opening group game against Iran is just days away and the Three Lions took part in their first full session since arriving in Qatar on Tuesday night.

    The England squad were treated to a Robbie Williams cabaret act at their team hotel


    The England squad were treated to a Robbie Williams cabaret act at their team hotelCredit: Getty
    The performance was compared to a 'Phoenix Nights' style performance


    The performance was compared to a ‘Phoenix Nights’ style performanceCredit: Getty

    Pictures showed the England boss putting the players through their paces at the Al Wakrah SC Stadium – where temperatures reached 32C on Wednesday – ahead of Monday’s opening game.

    But it is not only out on the pitch that his squad are getting ready to try to bring football home as several members of the squad also hit the gym.

    And away from the football, Southgate is doing everything possible to try and get his men settled into their luxury palm-tree laden Souq Al Wakra Hotel.

    Now the Daily Mail has claimed that included the England squad being treated to a cabaret.

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    They state that shortly after the Three Lions arrived on Tuesday, the Souk Al Wakra soon got into a swing.

    A singer, accompanied by an electric piano, belted out pop star Robbie Williams’ hit Angels.

    That was followed by a rendition of Crystal Waters’s 1991 hit Gypsy Woman.

    The article also claims that a British ex-pat passed the hotel while the gig was on and likened it to Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights sitcom that was based on a working men’s club in Bolton.

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    They said: “The singer was very loud and right on note, but I don’t know how well it was all going down.

    “There wasn’t much clapping.”

    England start their World Cup campaign against Iran on Monday in Group B.

    Next up is a clash against Gregg Berhalter’s USA.

    And then a mouthwatering clash against neighbours Wales in the final game on November 29.


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