Mascot of the Three Lions since he was invited to their base camp in Qatar, Dave – a stray cat – will be transferred to England after the elimination of Gareth Southgate’s men. If we don’t yet know who will adopt him, Kyle Walker and John Stones are in a good position in the matter.
A story that would make Ousmane Dembélé shudder, but which pleases the consequences of the Three Lions very, very much. As the Blues winger has a phobia of cats, according to Randal Kolo Muani, England internationals – at least some of them – have taken care of a stray tomcat in their quickly renamed base camp. Dave the cat”.
An animal that has become an unofficial mascot, and especially prized by Manchester City defenders Kyle Walker and John Stones. “I fed him just before he came, Stones explained at the beginning of last week, in an interview with the media from the English Federation. The first day we arrived, Dave turned up in the minute. And after that he came and sat every night waiting for his food.”
“Some guys walk away from him, but I love him,” Walker gushed. Announces: “If we win the World Cup and I can bring him back, I’ll adopt him. John and I can share him. We’ll put him on City’s training ground.” End of file? No way.
Four months of isolation?
If we could fear a simple love affair of holidays, rebound this Sunday. We learn that despite the elimination of Gareth Southgate’s men in the quarter-finals, Dave will still be sent to England to rebuild his life. “He’s going back to the team,” announced a woman outside the Three Lions hotel as Dave was placed in a cat carrier to be taken to a nearby vet. “We don’t know yet who will adopt him, but he will go there.”
Will Walker welcome the cat into his home? Will he offer joint custody to the Stones? Will the two teammates move in together to both live under the same roof as Dave? Impossible to know yet. And it will undoubtedly be necessary to be patient to get the end of the story: according to the British press, Dave must respect a quarantine period of four months upon his arrival in England due to local health regulations.