England’s Soccer Team Returns Home With A New Mascot: Dave The Cat

The World Cup in Qatar is in full swing, and people have been eagerly waiting to see which teams defeat which.

The teams that don’t win pack up and head back to their home countries, while the teams that are in the running stay in the country and keep competing.

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After losing the match against France, the England national football team is sadly headed home – but they’re not going back empty-handed.

Defenders Kyle Walker and John Stones noticed a stray cat while practicing at the Al Wakrah hotel base, according to The Sun. They named the friendly feline Dave, and the cat became their unofficial mascot.

Photo: Twitter/@TalkTV
Photo: Twitter/@TalkTV

Apparently, Walker and Stones decided to adopt the cat! Express reports that over the team’s four-week stay in Qatar, the cat followed them around and became quite friendly with them, and they couldn’t help but fall in love.

The team decided that they couldn’t leave Dave behind, so they started the process to bring him back to England with them. As per Express, Dave was picked up just two hours after the team headed back home and he’ll be transported to a veterinary clinic for vaccinations before beginning a four-month quarantine period, which TalkTV shared a video of on Twitter:

The Guardian claims that either Walker or Stone will likely be the official guardian of Dave once he safely arrives in England.

England’s football team may not have returned with a trophy, but they have something even better: a mascot.

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