World Cup bosses plan tournament so fans can compete alongside Three Lions

England supporters will compete alongside the Three Lions in Qatar for their own 'World Cup'.

Football chiefs are laying on a five-a-side event for rival groups which will mirror the tournament. The Fans’ Cup will be contested by followers of all 32 nations over four days during the competition.

A Qatar government spokesman said: "Fans are central to the success of the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world.

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"We are thrilled to be hosting this tournament which we believe will create an exciting atmosphere while uniting fans from across the globe."

Just like the world’s best footballers, their supporters will battle through group stages and knockout rounds until the winner is crowned at the FIFA Fan Festival in Al Bidda Park in Doha on December 2.

All players must be 18 or over and have travel and accommodation secured from November 29 to December 2. They will be asked for their match ticket reference number.

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Gareth Southgate's England will be hoping to go one better than they did four years ago in Russia and reach the World Cup Final for the first time since 1966.

The Three Lions are one of the bookies' favourites to lift the famous trophy, and awaiting them in Qatar is a group featuring Wales, USA and Iran.

England famously met the US in the group stage of the 2010 World Cup, memorably drawing 1-1 following a blunder by goalkeeper Rob Green. They faced Wales in the group stage of Euro 2016, nicking three points at the death thanks to a late goal by Daniel Sturridge. England and Iran, meanwhile, have never played each other before.


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