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England players adopt Stray Cat from Qatar training camp after World Cup exit

The players first spotted the cat while training at their base camp in Al Wakrah.

England’s hopes of winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup may have been dashed, but they’re coming home with a four-legged friend. While in Qatar, the England players were often seen with a stray cat they named Dave and they have now adopted him, BBC reported. Dave stayed close to their team hotel and developed a bond with the England players, especially defenders Kyle Walker and John Stones. The cat was also unofficially adopted by the players as the team’s mascot as it spent a lot of time with them.

The cat left Al Wakrah just two hours after the team left and will first visit a local veterinary clinic for tests and vaccinations. He will have to spend four months in quarantine before he can find the players, according to CNN.

Kyle Walker and John Stones, who were Dave’s biggest fans, were often photographed with their furry friend and regularly shared updates on social media. The duo initially said they would bring wayward Dave back if he won the trophy, but decided to embrace him anyway despite his heartbreaking defeat at the hands of France.

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The players first spotted the cat while training at their base camp in Al Wakrah. They named the cat Dave and fed him every night during their four-week stay in Qatar.

“He was just there one day, so we just adopted him, me and Stonesy. ‘Dave is welcome at the table… Some people really don’t like the cat, but I do,’ said Walker at Football The association’s official media channel, as reported by BBC.

Another cat has already made headlines when Brazilian winger Vinicius Jr and the team manager were in the middle of a presser ahead of Brazil’s quarter-final clash against Croatia. The cat jumped out of nowhere onto their table and the Brazil manager threw it roughly. Interestingly, stray cats have become commonplace around restaurants, hotels, stadiums, training sessions and press conferences in Qatar.

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