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Sunday, December 11, 2022

PHOTOS: Dave the cat is coming to London, England from Qatar FIFA World Cup

They had pledged to bring him back to the UK if England went on to win the whole thing.

Speaking in the build-up to the France game, Walker said: “Dave is fine. He had a little scrap with another cat the other night. I think they are fighting over territory and the food. But he’s doing well.Sadly, that did not happen as they were heartbreakingly knocked out in a 2-1 defeat to France at the quarter-final stage.

Despite England not going all the way to World Cup glory, the players have decided they will still rehome Dave in the UK.

He left Al Wakrah just two hours after the squad had departed and will first head to a local veterinary clinic.

There he will have a blood test and receive vaccinations, spending four months in quarantine before heading to his new home.

Stones named their handsome new feline companion Dave, while Walker had said they planned to adopt the cat and bring him home to England should the Three Lions ultimately triumph.

Despite that dream again failing to become a reality, it seems the players had become too fond of Dave to say a final farewell when they departed Al Wakrah.

The cat was transported to a local veterinary clinic for tests and vaccinations and will spend four months in quarantine before what is presumably a free transfer to Manchester City – or to the care of Stones or Walker, who both play for the Premier League champions.

“They’re still undecided as who’s having him but he’s going back,” said a woman tasked with taking Dave to the vet’s on Sunday, in a video posted by Rich McCarthy on Twitter.

“He was just there one day so we’ve just adopted him, me and Stonesy,” Walker told the FA’s official media channel during England’s World Cup campaign. “Dave is welcome to the table ... Some people really don’t like the cat, but I love him.”

“First day we got there ... Dave pops out,” Stones said. “Every night he’s sat there waiting for his food.”

Walker also told journalists that Dave was involved in a fight with a rival cat before the last-eight defeat by Les Bleus. “Dave’s fine, thank you for asking,” Walker revealed.
Football may not be coming home but one lucky feline is - after being adopted by two Manchester City stars in Qatar.

The stray cat, nicknamed Dave, became a regular around the England camp, spending time with the players as they relaxed in between World Cup games.

He was eventually adopted as the team's unofficial mascot, making regular appearances on their Instagram account.

Man City duo John Stones and Kyle Walker were pictured with Dave on most evenings and, promised to adopt him if they won the World Cup.

But, despite England's loss to France in the quarter-final, as the squad began their journey back from their Al Wakrah hotel base, the duo kept their promise - and Dave truly is the cat that got the cream.

Speaking on the England Instagram account, Stones said: "The first day we got there, we got like little table around the corner, the next minute Dave pops up.

"Now every night he's sat there waiting for his food. But the other day he actually didn't eat all of his food, we were a bit annoyed at him, think he's getting a bit greedy."

The cat was even brought up during England press conferences, and speaking in the week building up to the France game, Walker was asked about their feline friend.

“Dave is fine,” he said. “He had a little scrap with another cat the other night. I think they are fighting over territory and the food. But he’s doing well.

“Hopefully I can stick to my promise that he will come home with us if we were to win the World Cup. Dave’s fine, thank you for asking.”

Now, despite England not going all the way to World Cup glory, the players have decided they will still rehome Dave in the UK.

He left Al Wakrah just two hours after the squad had departed and will first head to a local veterinary clinic.

There he will have a blood test and receive vaccinations, spending four months in quarantine before heading to his new home.

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