THE England team and manager Gareth Southgate were all smiles as they headed to Qatar for the World Cup.
Three Lions newcomer James Maddison was captured getting off the team bus alongside Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.Declan Rice looked excited for his Qatar adventure[/caption] James Maddison on his first ever journey to a major tournament[/caption] Southgate high-fived the adoring England fans cheering him on[/caption] The plane taking England to the World Cup takes off from Birmingham[/caption]
And besties Mason Mount and Declan Rice also beamed from ear-to-ear as they headed up the steps to the plane.
Earlier today Southgate was given an incredible send-off as he departed St George’s Park for Qatar.
The England manager was greeted by a sea of screaming kids waving flags and cheering him on.
Many reached out to Southgate and he began high-fiving the children, leaving some ecstatic by doing so.
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With the crowd stretched out so far he had to wave to the others before boarding the coach to the airport.
The Prince of Wales presented each member of the team with their squad numbers at St George’s Park before sharing a message of support and telling the squad to enjoy the tournament.
The squad also attended a Nike Town event on Monday and they were all smiles as they posed for the camera.
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James Maddison and Declan Rice were seen arm in arm enjoying themselves, as were Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish.
England will fly out to the Middle East later today ahead of their first World Cup fixture on November 21.
They will do so on board “Rain Bow”, a Virgin Atlantic A350 Airbus that promotes Gay Pride.
It features a motif of Oscar — the airline’s LGBTQ+ Union Jack-trailing flying icon — beneath the cabin.
The gesture was proposed by FA chiefs keen to register concern about gay rights in the strict Muslim state where homosexuality can still carry the death penalty.
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Southgate has vowed to make a stand.
He said: “We’re very strong on inclusivity. We understand the challenges that this tournament brings . . . the human rights challenges.”