They could be the luckiest stray cats at the World Cup and, hopefully, finally go home. These are two felines who have chosen the Souq Al Wakra resort as their base in Qatar, the same place where the England players are staying for the World Cup. Kyle Walker, an English footballer of Jamaican origins, defender of Manchester City and the national team, has promised to adopt, in case of victory, the white stray named Dave who has become the team’s honorary mascot.
But the news spreads and Dave isn’t alone, he’s also brought along a friend, Paul, who Walker and fellow defenseman John Stones have grown fond of. Their plan would be to take them to England for “shared custody”.
However, not the whole team is happy with the choice, there are also those who really don’t love cats and those who are almost afraid of them and don’t want to touch them. This doesn’t seem to faze Walker at all, who also brings them to his dinner table. Anyone who doesn’t like the presence of felines doesn’t sit with them anymore. On the other hand, their friendship began just like that, they started feeding one of the cats when they were at the canteen and from that moment it became a regular appointment.
Speaking on England’s Lions’ Den programme, Walker said of Dave: “He was there every day, so we adopted him, Stonesy and I.” Then he promised host Josh Denzel that he will adopt Dave if the team goes all the way in Qatar.
The question arises: what if England is eliminated from France today?