A 7-year-old had the honour of main out the England gamers of their opening World Cup recreation in opposition to Iran.
Eesa Ahmed moved to Qatar together with his dad and mom Qasim and Asma 5 years in the past. The couple had been joined by relations who had travelled from Lancashire to the 45,000 capability Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
A Manchester United fan, Eesa was with defender Harry Maguire as he walked into the stadium in the course of the afternoon kick-off.
Uncle Hussnain Hanif mentioned the entire household had been overjoyed.
He mentioned: “We are all actually pleased with him and it’s great that he was with the England crew of their very first recreation. What an incredible expertise to undergo.
“He hails from a small city in Lancashire and he had definitely put Brierfield on the map.
“Eesa is a part of an area Qatari junior soccer crew. He is admittedly devoted and that’s how he was chosen alongside the opposite youngsters to be on the World Cup.
“He has labored laborious week in week out so he deserves this a lot.”
Eesa was watched by proud grandparents Brierfield West and Reedley Councillor Mohammed Hanif and spouse Zahida Parveen.
Eesa Walks out on to the pitch and (beneath) earlier than the sport
Eesa was cheered on by grandparents, mum Asma, and uncle and auntie on the World Cup
Eesa’s dad Qasim is in senior administration and mum Asma works as a deputy headteacher at a schooL
Hussnain added: “The household weren’t going to need to miss this. They are all there and had been joined by my brother Ismaeel and Eesa’s auntie Asma too.
“They had been with Eesa and supported him all through the day.”
England’s quest for glory in Qatar obtained off to a dream begin as Bukayo Saka’s brace helped Gareth Southgate’s males roar to a 6-2 victory.
Marcus Rashford has not represented the nationwide crew in any respect since lacking his try in that shootout and netted inside minutes of approaching in a thumping win that Jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish additionally scored in.