This has to be the most unlucky England fan in the world.
Elliott Berridge is only six months old, and his parents are attending the game tonight.
They intended to bring their son, but were told he would need to get his own ticket for the game against Senegal…
Furthermore, the authorities requested that he obtain his own specific Hayya card, which is a legal necessity in Qatar…
Dad “It’s a tremendous shame,” David commented, “it would have been lovely to have taken Elliott.”
“But I can’t believe they insisted on his having his own ticket.”
“We would have carried him in a baby sling because he didn’t require his own seat.” He adores wearing his England jersey.”
David, 40, and his wife Holly, 33, are originally from Marlow, Buckinghamshire, but currently reside in Qatar. Elliott will be cared after by friends while his parents are at the game.
Today, the Three Lions will face the African Cup of Nations holders in front of at least 8,000 people in the stadium and millions more at home for the first time.
Thousands more tickets for the event have been released in the last 48 hours, causing an online frenzy.
Many have been purchased by expats in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
In Doha, England’s following is expected to outweigh Senegal’s by at least ten to one.
A last-eight spot versus either France or Poland is at stake. And many England fans are optimistic about their team’s possibilities.
“There’s a growing belief among the fans here that we can go all the way,” Martin Thompson, 57, a quantity surveyor from Solihull, West Midlands, said.
“We certainly have a chance to defeat Senegal, and then we’re in the final eight, and who knows what will happen.”
“We were semi-finalists in Russia and runners-up in the Euros last year.” We can go one step further. Football may be returning home.”