Kyle Walker has taken care of a stray cat, named Dave, who hangs out near England’s base camp in Qatar. The Manchester City defender has vowed to bring him back to Britain if the Three Lions win the 2022 World Cup.
The players from the English team have found a new mascot in Qatar. This is a stray cat. The tabby animal has been hanging around the Three Lions base camp since their arrival in Doha to compete in the 2022 World Cup. To the point that it is now part of the decor. Kyle Walker and John Stones fell in love with this cat they named Dave. A very common first name in Yorkshire, a region in the north of England where the two defenders hail from.
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Saka’s “jump in the air”
During his time on the set of “Lion’s Den”, the program broadcast daily by the England team in his stronghold of Qatar, Kyle Walker spoke about this growing friendship. By specifying that it was John Stones who approached Dave first. “I have nothing against cats, but I don’t like to touch them,” laughed the right-back, who will face Kylian Mbappé in Saturday’s quarter-final against France in Al-Khor (8pm).
The 32-year-old rocker explained that the stray cat, who sometimes roams with another tomcat (nicknamed Paul), is now a regular at Gareth Southgate’s team meals: “He’s welcome when we’re at the table. Kalvin (Philipps ), Raz (Raheem Sterling) or Phil (Foden) join us. But other guys walk away because of the chat. Me, I like it!”
Joint custody with Stones
Among the recalcitrants, Bukayo Saka would “jump in the air” when he sees Dave. Walker, he becomes more and more attached to the animal. To the point of considering bringing him to Britain in the event of his coronation on December 18th in Lusail. “If we win the World Cup and I can bring him back, I will adopt him, he announced, specifying that he will keep him alternately with Stones. Me and John, we can share him. We will put him on City’s training ground.”
Last week, Randal Kolo Muani also mentioned the presence of stray cats in Qatar during his visit to a press conference. And the striker from the French team took the opportunity to reveal Ousmane Dembélé’s phobia on this subject. “Cats wander outside when we eat. Ousmane is scared, which makes everyone laugh a bit,” the Frankfurt striker said with a smile.