The 2022 World Cup begins next month and England will be spending their tournament in a luxury beachside hotel.
The Three Lions will stay at the Souq Al-Wakra hotel in Qatar with training taking place at the Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Stadium.
England will stay at the hotel ahead of their opening game against Iran on November 21 and throughout the tournament for matches against the USA, Wales and, hopefully, beyond.
With fixtures taking place at 10 different venues in Qatar, the hotel is in an ideal position with eight of these stadiums only a short drive away.
England’s home for the World Cup
The five star Souq Al-Wakra hotel is based in Al-Wakra which is a fishing village based 10 miles outside of Doha.
It provides a private beach for all players and staff to access during their stay while offering a range of restaurants on-site.
As well as this, the hotel includes a spa which will be ideal for the squad to receive treatment after training and matchdays.
There are also on-site gym facilities which are likely to be used by the squad in preparation for their fixtures throughout the tournament.
Gareth Southgate will be able to provide team talks and host meetings within the hotel with specific meeting rooms that include ‘state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment’.
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The location of the hotel will have played a big part in its selection with eight of the ten stadiums being used for the World Cup within a short distance.
Being outside of Qatar’s capital will also mean that the Three Lions can relax and stay away from the busy areas in between games.
Training will be taking place at the Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Stadium which is home to Al-Wakrah Sports Club.
For this World Cup, each country will be training at their dedicated training facilities on the eve of their fixtures rather than on the pitch at the stadium the game will be played.
England are expected to move into their new home shortly after the Premier League season pauses on November 13 to settle in ahead of their opening game of the tournament.
Where are the rest of Group B staying?
The Three Lions have opted to stay outside of the city centre of Doha but where are their Group B opponents living?
Iran’s squad will also be based on the outskirts of the capital in the Al Rayyan Hotel. However, USA and Wales are set to be based very close to the centre.
USA have chosen a hotel in the middle of The Pearl in Qatar while Wales are staying in a Delta Hotel directly in the centre of Doha.
The majority of games are being played in and around the city and around a million fans are expected to be in the country over the tournament’s 29 days.
This could mean that teams based directly in the busiest areas could struggle for any relaxing time outside of their hotel grounds.
England will be looking for any advantage to increase their chances of success and this could be the first of their tactics showcased off the pitch.
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