Gareth Southgate targeting 'more secluded' basecamp for Qatar World Cup 6 months ago

Gareth Southgate targeting 'more secluded' basecamp for Qatar World Cup

England's preference is to stay outside of Doha

Gareth Southgate is reportedly favouring a more secluded basecamp for his England squad at next year's World Cup in Qatar, preferably outside of the capital city, Doha.

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It is thought that the Three Lions boss and other members of the FA have previously visited the Gulf State to view potential hotels for the squad to stay at during the tournament, with another visit reportedly planned next month to earmark other possible sites.

According to the Telegraph, the traveling party ideally want to stay 'out west', which would take them to the western edges of Qatar - more of a quiet location.

Due to the small size of the peninsula, it is expected to take one hour for England to travel to each of the eight venues.

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The FA plan to speak to players and their families in the next few days to explain their plans regarding tickets for next year's tournament.

Additionally, the same outlet claims that suggestions around hotels that are accessible to their own potential basecamp will also be discussed with families.

Each of the 32 teams competing in the tournament will be assigned a training ground, which must feature at least two pitches compliant with FIFA's guidelines, as well as a gym, dressing room, catering and facilities for the media and spectators.

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During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, England stayed in Repino, a town outside of St Petersburg - with the Three Lions opting for St George's Park during Euro 2020.

England have all but secured their place at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, but as Poland beat Andorra, it means they will have to wait until their final group game against minnows San Marino to mathematically secure their place at next year's tournament.

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