England fans give Southgate's squad hearty send-off

England’s stars depart for the World Cup, heading for their ‘Pride’ plane to Qatar from St George’s Park, as Harry Kane and Co prepare for kick-off in just six days’ time after a stirring speech from Prince William

  • Young England fans gathered to give the squad a warm send-off from Burton
  • The Three Lions headed onto their team coach before their flight to Qatar
  • England captain Harry Kane said he’s ‘excited’ for the ‘special’ World Cup

The England squad were given a warm send-off by a hoard of fans outside St George’s Park as they started their journey to Qatar.

Gareth Southgate’s side left the national team training ground this morning and headed out onto the team coach, where a huge group of fans were waiting to cheer them on.

The England squad looked in good spirits as they boarded the coach and prepared to fly to Qatar ahead of their World Cup opener against Iran in six days time. 

England captain Harry Kane was speaking before the squad departed for their flight to Qatar

Hoards of England fans were waiting to give the Three Lions an emotional send-off

England’s plane to Qatar, called the ‘Rain Bow’ awaits them at Birmingham Airport on Tuesday

Speaking before they departed, England captain Harry Kane said: ‘I’m excited. The World Cup is a special occasion. Obviously we’re flying out today. So I’m really excited. 

‘For most professional players, its the biggest tournament you can play in. I’ve been lucky enough to do one and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. And I can’t wait to get out this weather and get some sun!’

After the players boarded the two coaches, they set off for the airport as the eager fans waved their flags and chanted ‘England! England! England!’.

Kalvin Phillips boards the team coach at St George’s Park ahead of their trip to the World Cup

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson also spoke before leaving and reflected on his inclusion in the World Cup squad. 

He said: ‘Over the moon. You work hard as a football player to try and get opportunities like this and it’s one that you grasp with both hands.

‘Life’s all about timing. I’ve had three years away. The pinnacle of my career was scoring on my debut for England. It’s a moment I want to add to. Going to a World Cup, there’s great opportunities to go and make history.’

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