Prince William has been to visit the England squad picked to play in the World Cup, telling them ‘we are all rooting for you’.
The heir to the throne joined a private team meeting at St George’s Park before the footballers set off for to Qatar today ahead of their first game on Monday.
He presented the players with their jersey numbers yesterday evening, and posted for photos with the players.
‘I’m really here to point out that the rest of the country is behind you,’ he told the squad.
‘We are all rooting for you, enjoy it.’
The Three Lions were seen leaving their training ground and and boarding a plane to the Middle East this morning, ready for their match with Iran on Monday which will kick off the tournament for them.
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On their last full day in the UK, England manager Gareth Southgate had introduced Prince William, saying: ‘What we are going to do is ask his royal highness to present you with your shirts.’
Footage showed him presenting the players, including captain Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka and James Maddison, with their shirts.
The players were then called up one by one and William posed for an individual photo with each of them.
It comes after the King celebrated his 74th birthday yesterday.
Charles’s birthday was marked by the Band of the Household Cavalry performing Happy Birthday during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Birthday messages were also sent on the royal family’s official social media, with a post on William and Kate’s Twitter account reading: ‘Wishing a very happy birthday to His Majesty The King!’
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