England’s World Cup hopefuls land in Qatar — along with 3,000 travelling fans

    ENGLAND’S World Cup hopefuls flew into Qatar last night — with 3,000 travelling fans desperate for something to cheer.

    Three Lions supporters were stunned to find they face paying £11.57 for a 500ml glass of US sponsor Budweiser lager.

    England's World Cup hopefuls flew into Qatar last night

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    England’s World Cup hopefuls flew into Qatar last nightCredit: Reuters
    The player and manager Gareth Southgate looked happy and relaxed as they touched down at in Doha’s Hamad International Airport

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    The player and manager Gareth Southgate looked happy and relaxed as they touched down at in Doha’s Hamad International AirportCredit: Reuters

    Not only is that just 0.88 of a pint, but Fifa — who set the price — said there would be a “maximum purchase of four Budweiser units per person” to prevent bingeing.

    Nannying posters have gone up in capital Doha urging fans to “Drink Wiser, Cheer Better, Hydrate Between Buds”.

    There will be an alcohol-free version served up in the dry ­Muslim state, but even that will cost £6. Water is £2.30.

    And England’s following will not be the only ones hot under the collar.

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    Gareth Southgate’s 26-man face training this afternoon in desert heat of 32C (89.6F).

    The players, captained by Harry Kane, looked happy and relaxed as they touched down at in Doha’s Hamad International Airport at 7.56pm local time.

    They made the seven-hour flight in Virgin Atlantic’s Gay Pride Airbus, dubbed Rain Bow, to back gay rights.

    But cabin crew bowed to Qatar’s cultural sensitivities by opting not to wear the airline’s gender neutral uniforms.

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    An hour and a half after landing, the squad arrived at their five-star Souq Al Wakra Hotel base, on the coast south of the capital.

    Southgate waved to a crowd of hundreds of England-shirted fans singing: “It’s coming home”.

    They were among tens of thousands of expats believed to be living in the region.

    The players had already been cheered by crowds lining their route from their St George’s Park training base at Burton-on-Trent, Staffs, to Birmingham airport.

    The night before, FA President Prince William had given them a royal send-off with a surprise visit during which he handed them their squad-numbered shirts.

    Despite having split loyalties since becoming Prince of Wales, he told them: “What you and Gareth have built here is something special — that’s clear to see.

    The team faces training this afternoon in desert heat of 32C

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    The team faces training this afternoon in desert heat of 32CCredit: Reuters
    The previous night, Prince William had given them a royal send-off with a surprise visit

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    The previous night, Prince William had given them a royal send-off with a surprise visitCredit: Getty
    The Prince handed the 26-man squad their numbered shirts

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    The Prince handed the 26-man squad their numbered shirtsCredit: Getty

    “Play for each other, support each other, enjoy it, and I’m sure you’ll go far.”

    The players, in comfy blue hooded tracksuits, looked relaxed and confident as they climbed the steps of their plane.

    Best pals Mason Mount, of Chelsea, and West Ham’s Declan Rice beamed from ear-to-ear along with Leicester’s James Maddison, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, Manchester City’s Jack Grealish and Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson.

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    Beer fan Gus Hully has a brew from each of the 32 World Cup nations, including dry Qatar and Saudi Arabia, thanks to pals across the world. Cheltenham Town fan Gus, of East Finchley, North London, reckoned toughest to source was La Gazelle lager from Senegal.

    He said: “I managed to get a Russian fella living in Italy to bring me one back from holiday there.”

    The squad made the seven-hour flight in Virgin Atlantic's Gay Pride Airbus, dubbed Rain Bow, to back gay rights

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    The squad made the seven-hour flight in Virgin Atlantic’s Gay Pride Airbus, dubbed Rain Bow, to back gay rightsCredit: PA

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