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Three Lions army get ready to ROAR: 8,000 England fans occupy Al Bayt stadium in Qatar

Harry Kane and England have taken the knee in Qatar as they begin their second game of the World Cup.

Moments before, they had belted out the national anthem as they primed themselves to take on their American opponents on the field.

They sang God Save The King before their crunch clash against the US kicked off.

Captain Harry Kane, 29, looked focused into the tunnel before the squads came out, as a spectacular light and fireworks display announced their arrival.

More than 8,000 England fans gathered at Al Bayt Stadium hoping to help them roar to victory.

Kane’s men face a tough test against the team of some Premier League stars who play at Leeds United.

Excited: The England team sang God Save the King as they prepared to start the match

An England supporter cheers ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and the US

An England supporter cheers ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and the US

An England supporter cheers ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and the US

'Kick it in there' Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham, Kalvin Phillips and Jack Grealish ready to score

'Kick it in there' Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham, Kalvin Phillips and Jack Grealish ready to score

‘Kick it in there’ Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham, Kalvin Phillips and Jack Grealish ready to score

England captain Harry Kane took in the atmosphere ahead of the match which started at 7pm

England captain Harry Kane took in the atmosphere ahead of the match which started at 7pm

England captain Harry Kane took in the atmosphere ahead of the match which started at 7pm

Jordan Pickford jokes with John Stones ahead of the FIFA World Cup Group B match at Al Bayt Stadium

Jordan Pickford jokes with John Stones ahead of the FIFA World Cup Group B match at Al Bayt Stadium

Jordan Pickford jokes with John Stones ahead of the FIFA World Cup Group B match at Al Bayt Stadium

Previously, fans were led onto buses from the nearest metro station for a 25-minute journey to the ground in Al Khor, north of Doha.

England fan Jim Noyce, 59, from Rugby, arrived on a shuttle flight from Dubai wondering how smoothly things will run at the 68,895 capacity stadium.

He said, “Compared to where we were on Monday, this is a real trek.

“The people are friendly, very happy, can’t do enough for you, I just think they didn’t expect the number of people to come.”

England fans in the stands for the FIFA World Cup Group B in hopes of beating the USA squad

England fans in the stands for the FIFA World Cup Group B in hopes of beating the USA squad

England fans in the stands for the FIFA World Cup Group B in hopes of beating the USA squad

England fans ahead of the FIFA World Cup Group B match at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

England fans ahead of the FIFA World Cup Group B match at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

England fans ahead of the FIFA World Cup Group B match at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

England goalkeeper #01 Jordan Pickford drinks water during the warm-up ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and USA.

England goalkeeper #01 Jordan Pickford drinks water during the warm-up ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and USA.

England goalkeeper #01 Jordan Pickford drinks water during the warm-up ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and USA.

A USA fan wearing a USA hat and sunglasses during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match

A USA fan wearing a USA hat and sunglasses during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match

A USA fan wearing a USA hat and sunglasses during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match

He added: “There is no panic for us, we don’t go home until eight tomorrow morning, so in the worst case we would have to take a taxi.

“I just wonder about the logistics of it, is it such a great idea?

“But overall it’s all you need.”

On whether England will follow Germany’s example and take a stand after FIFA’s ban on the use of rainbow colored armbands, Mr Noyce said: ‘I think they will bide their time and choose the game they’re going to do.

England and USA supporters put aside tonight's rivalry to pose for a pre-match photo

England and USA supporters put aside tonight's rivalry to pose for a pre-match photo

England and USA supporters put aside tonight’s rivalry to pose for a pre-match photo

England fans ahead of the FIFA World Cup Group B match at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

England fans ahead of the FIFA World Cup Group B match at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

England fans ahead of the FIFA World Cup Group B match at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Tonight's clash at 7pm will be highly contentious and expectations for another England win

Tonight's clash at 7pm will be highly contentious and expectations for another England win

Tonight’s clash at 7pm will be highly contentious and expectations for another England win

England fans at Al Bay Stadium before the match between England and USA, Doha, Qatar FIFA World Cup

England fans at Al Bay Stadium before the match between England and USA, Doha, Qatar FIFA World Cup

England fans at Al Bay Stadium before the match between England and USA, Doha, Qatar FIFA World Cup

Revealed: Harry Kane And Other World Cup Captains Wouldn’t Have Even Been Allowed On The PITCH If They Had Worn OneLove Bracelets

England captain Harry Kane and other World Cup captains would not even have been allowed onto the football pitch if they had worn their OneLove bracelets during the World Cup.

The England football team, along with six other European teams, such as Germany and Denmark, planned to wear the LGBTQ+ armband at the World Cup in Qatar before the campaign was halted when FIFA threatened to issue yellow cards to players.

The unions of England, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark said on Monday they had been pressured by FIFA, which had threatened to issue yellow cards to players wearing the multicolored armband.

Germany will play Spain on Sunday, I think they will wear the rainbow and if Germany does I think England will follow.”

Craig Carter, 51, and Richard Copper, 49, were among a group of four friends originally from England now living in Adelaide, Australia, who traveled to watch 18 matches in 10 days.

They posed together for a photo outside Al Bayt Stadium holding an England flag with badges of their teams, including Manchester United and Leeds United.

The group noted that security appeared to have been tightened since they first arrived, with Mr Carter pointing to the flag and saying: ‘They think this is a political statement.

“They couldn’t understand why we wore different badges, we have Leeds, Villa, Man U and West Ham.”

Mr Copper, originally from Birmingham, said: ‘Overall it was great.

“Despite a few buses, the way they’ve done the subway is fantastic, the people are fantastic, we’re staying on one of the cruise ships and that’s great, it’s a mixed crowd there, everyone is very friendly. ‘

The group said the restrictions on alcohol sales were not a problem for them given their busy schedules, adding that the tournament ‘would have been better without alcohol’ and had seen no problems.

Mr Copper said of England’s chances against the US on Friday: ‘We are going to win.’

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