England meet the troops in Doha
Stuart Mawhinney in Doha
Saturday, 14 November, 2009
England met with the Armed Forces and British Embassy schoolchildren after training on Friday.
England trained in the Khalifa International Stadium for the first time on Friday evening ahead of their meeting with Brazil, and after the session they met with British Armed Forces stationed in Qatar, and English kids from a local school.
Following on from the recent activity between the England team and our Armed Forces, including meeting a group at the team hotel for lunch in March and John Terry leading the squad in saluting the troops who were invited to the final World Cup qualifier at Wembley last month, members of the RAF Air Base at Al Udeid were invited to training at the stadium.
The base has 200 British troops who support air operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and together with the group of children from two British Embassy schools in Doha they received giftbags from The FA and were able to watch the entire session as Fabio Capello put his squad through their paces.
As the session came to an end the entire squad, led by Fabio Capello, posed for photographs and signed autographs for all present. Watch the highlights by clicking 'play' to the right of this page.