With stunning stadiums featuring advanced technology and world-class infrastructure, Qatar has promised a wonderful experience for the fans …
With stunning stadiums featuring cutting edge technology and world class infrastructure, Qatar have already promised a wonderful experience to visiting fans. They have inaugurated four of the eight venues planned for the World Cup and work is progressing as planned for the rest.
Interestingly, the World Cup will be held during the winter months of November and December for the very first time. It will also be one of the major sporting events to be staged in a post-pandemic world. As such, it will be a unique World Cup in many ways and Fowler believes it will be a brilliant event for fans and players alike.
“I actually think the World Cup in Qatar will be brilliant,” Fowler, who currently coaches SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League (ISL), says Goal. While Qatar has had its fair share of criticism over time, Fowler believes the Middle Eastern nation will challenge them all and put on a big show when the World Cup hits town in less than two years.
“All eyes will be on them. People will probably want them to fail, but I don’t think they will. I think they’re going to put together a big show and make it an incredibly big show and they’ll want to prove a lot of people wrong, “Fowler said.
The great Liverpool, which has 26 international caps for England, is no stranger to the thrills and frills of a World Cup. He was part of the England squad that reached the quarter-finals of the very first World Cup to be held in Asia in 2002.
He believes England have now improved and are certainly among the best European football nations. Heading into the second Asian World Cup, the 45-year-old believes the Three Lions will put on a good show in Doha.
“On paper, England have always had good teams. But it was still a little worrying not because of England, but there were other good teams. Sometimes you look up and say other European teams are slightly better. I think it always has been. England have now regained some parity because they have a few good quality players, ”he said.
He also highlighted England’s brilliant performance in the 2017 U17 World Cup, which also took place in Asia (India), with several stars of this winning team in the England national team including Phil Foden, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jadon Sancho.
“You go back to 2017, England won the U17 World Cup, and in fact it was in India, so their progress has been good. Some of them have moved on to the Under-21 side, some of them big Premier League sides and some even the England national team. So there is a margin for England to succeed. We still have this belief that we would do well in tournaments.
Fowler believes that the 2018 World Cup semi-finalists will also have a desire to perform in Qatar. With talented players like Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane leading the squad, the 2022 Qatar World Cup will be an exciting tournament for England fans.
“Basically there are also other teams who believe they are as good as anyone else. So sometimes football is crazy. We all want our team to win but there will be a winner. You run a little harder, work a little harder. All the national teams have incredibly talented players and it’s a question of who wants a little more. And it’s up to England to show the world that she wants it more than anyone else.
“It will be difficult because all other nations will do exactly the same.”