Inside World Cup training centres with England on outskirts of Doha but ‘spy’ fears with teams just FEET from each other

    OUT of the 32 nations competing at the World Cup, 24 will be training within a six-mile radius of each other.

    England’s base is the luxury Souq Al-Wakra hotel, with the Three Lions training at the Al Wakrah Sports Complex.

    24 out of the 32 World Cup teams are based within a six-mile radius

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    24 out of the 32 World Cup teams are based within a six-mile radiusCredit: FIFA
    Qatar, Australia and Ghana are all training at the Aspire Academy

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    Qatar, Australia and Ghana are all training at the Aspire AcademyCredit: Getty – Contributor
    England are training at Al Wakrah Stadium on the outskirts of Doha

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    England are training at Al Wakrah Stadium on the outskirts of DohaCredit: Getty
    A look inside England's luxury Souq al-Wakra Hotel

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    A look inside England’s luxury Souq al-Wakra HotelCredit: AFP

    Gareth Southgate’s side are staying on the outskirts of Doha, but the majority of teams at the tournament are training close together in the city.

    Fast forward four years to the next World Cup, teams are likely to be staying in different time zones altogether to each other.

    The 2026 edition will be held across USA, Mexico and Canada, which will see nations based hours away from each other.

    Qatar on the other hand has three-quarters of the competing countries within a tiny radius.

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    Some sides are separated by just a matter of feet, with hosts Qatar, Ghana and Australia ALL training at the incredible Aspire Academy.

    The state-funded centre was founded in 2004 to develop and nurture talent from Qatar.

    The three countries are staying at different hotels but all three nations training at the same centre could heighten fears of training ground ‘spies’.

    Fortunately the three sides are all in different groups so treading on each other’s toes is unlikely to be a problem unless they reach the latter stages of the tournament.

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    Elsewhere current holders France, Wales and Japan are all using facilities from Qatari side Al Sadd.

    Tunisia and South Korea are using separate sites at the Al Egla training facility, while Uruguay and Croatia are using different Al Erssal sites.

    But Brazil and Serbia, who are in Group G, have BOTH trained at the Al-Arabi Sports Club ahead of the game.

    The Brazilians trained at the Grand Hamad Stadium, also known as the Al–Arabi Sports Club Stadium, while Serbia trained at the practice facilities nearby.

    Five-time champions Brazil kick off their campaign against Serbia tomorrow.

    Brazil have trained at Grand Hamad Stadium, which is also known as the Al–Arabi Sports Club Stadium

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    Brazil have trained at Grand Hamad Stadium, which is also known as the Al–Arabi Sports Club StadiumCredit: AP
    Serbia have also trained at the Al Arabi Sports Club

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    Serbia have also trained at the Al Arabi Sports ClubCredit: AFP

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