Although England didn’t take home a trophy from the 2022 FIFAワールドカップ, a couple of the team’s players left Qatar with a new furry friend.
Manchester City’s Kyle Walker と John Stones — who also played for England during the World Cup — adopted a stray tabby cat named Dave after befriending the feline at their World Cup training base in Al Wakrah, ESPNによると. The adoption news broke following England’s 2-1 loss against France at Saturday’s World Cup quarterfinal match.
“He was just there one day, so we’ve just adopted him, me and Stonesy,” ウォーカー, 32, told the Football Association’s official media channel, ESPNによると. “Dave is welcome to the table … Some people really don’t like the cat, しかし、私は彼が大好きです。”
“First day we got there … Dave pops out. Every night he sat there waiting for his food,” added Stones, 28, who came up with Dave’s name.
それでも 保護者 reported that Walker originally planned to adopt Dave if England was triumphant at the World Cup, they grew too attached and decided to bring the pet home anyway.
Dave will spend four months in quarantine before moving into his forever home with the Team England footballers.
“They’re still undecided as who’s having him, but he’s going back,” a woman said in a video of Dave being transported to his quarantine home.
Walker previously told reporters that Dave was involved in a fight with another cat ahead of the team’s final match with France, 保護者 報告. “Dave’s fine, thank you for asking,” 彼は言った.
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Although England’s World Cup dreams were dashed, the team and manager Gareth Southgate were met with some words of encouragement from ウィリアム王子 after Saturday’s loss.
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“Gareth, Harry and the whole @England squad and staff, gutted for all of you,” the Prince of Wales wrote. “You put so much into this tournament, and we are all so proud of you. Heads held high and on to the next one! W.”