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England bring home World Cup mascot Dave the cat welcomed by number 10 mouse leader Larry


Dave, the cat adopted by the England team. Twitter/ @Number10cat

England’s dream of winning their second World Cup was shattered on December 10 when Gareth Southgate’s side suffered a 2-1 loss to France in the quarter-finals at Al Bayt Stadium. Disappointment aside, the English footballers managed to make a new friend during the trip to Qatar. The players encountered a stray cat named Dave outside their hotel in Doha and made him their honorary mascot. Now their furry friend has had the opportunity to fly to the UK as part of the team. Following the announcement, Larry the cat, popularly known as the Chief Mouse of the Cabinet Office in London, invited Dave to join the celebrity cat community in England.

The recent post on Larry’s official Twitter account read, “Welcome to Team Dave x.” The message was accompanied by a short video announcing that Dave was going to have a new life in Europe. As shown in the clip, he was placed in a cat carrier and would leave Al Wakrah two hours after the English unit left town.

It will be around four months before Dave reunites with his mates in Manchester, even if the England team lands at home on Sunday night. He must prepare by getting vaccinated and then spend a lot of time alone, almost four months, according to quarantine rules.

Since being posted on the internet, Larry’s Twitter post has received over 2 lakh views and garnered over 11,000 likes so far.

Applauding the decision to adopt, one user wrote, “I hope he has a warm place to stay because there is such a difference in temperature, poor boy. But so much the better if it is cared for.

Another user noted: “The England squad has gone up again by my estimation. Football and cats.

Referring to the prolonged isolation period, one person said, “It is really very long. I know that in Germany it can take three months if the cat is not fully vaccinated, especially if there is no rabies vaccination.

Here are some other reactions:

There were two stray cats when the footballers found Dave. The other was called Paul, but he didn’t seem entirely friendly to the players. However, Dave was not liked by everyone in the squad, especially Arsenal striker Bukayo Saka. Right-back Kyle Walker previously said he would be open to adopting the feline pal and sharing custody with Manchester City team-mate Stones. Apart from them, Kalvin Phillips, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling were among those who gave the kitten a warm welcome. Walker let Dave join the English Brigade at their restaurant table while they dined.

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