Townsend added that holding the tournament in November and December, for the first time in the history of the World Cup, coincides with the middle of the football season in European leagues, a period that witnesses the peak performance of players, compared to the traditional date of the World Cup in June and July, that is, after a long and difficult football season, especially European club players, which enhances the level of performance during the World Cup competitions.
This came in an interview with the player (qatar2022.qa) during his recent visit to Doha, to undergo a treatment and rehabilitation program at Aspetar Hospital for Sports Medicine, after the knee surgery he had, after suffering a cruciate ligament injury last March, during his team match. Against his former club, Crystal Palace, in the FA Cup.
During his visit to the Legacy Pavilion at the headquarters of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the English player learned about the ongoing preparations to host the Qatar 2022 World Cup, whose competitions begin with the opening match on November 20, and continue until December 18.
The Everton midfielder expressed his enthusiasm for the start of the World Cup competitions after less than three months, stressing his anticipation of the World Championship as an English citizen and a fan of the England team, especially after his country reached the European Nations final last year. To achieve another achievement of which we are all proud.”
He added, “I expect to see a very interesting and exciting tournament, especially with the participation of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, which will most likely be their last appearance in the World Cup tournaments, so the Qatar Championship is gaining great momentum, which motivates me as an enthusiastic fan to watch its competitions.”
Townsend praised the convergence of distances in the tournament, and stressed that the possibility of accommodation and training in one place throughout the competition period will play a positive role in the preparation of the players for the next match. Long distances covered. I don’t think everyone realizes how much this affects the players’ readiness and their ability to perform well, but I’m sure this will reflect positively on their performance on the pitch.”
Townsend stressed the importance of hosting the tournament for the first time in the Arab world and the region, pointing to the need to move the World Cup to different regions of the world, and not stick to organizing the tournament in specific countries, regions or continents. We are heading to countries like Australia and the United States during the preparation program for the football season, and the Qatar World Cup gives us the opportunity to travel to this part of the world, participate in competitions and have a new experience through which we learn about another culture that we have not experienced before.”
Regarding his visit to Qatar and the rehabilitation program at Aspetar Hospital for Sports Medicine, the Everton star praised the warm welcome and hospitality in Qatar, noting that this was not limited to Aspetar Hospital, but was warmly welcomed wherever he went, whether in the hotel or at the headquarters of the Supreme Committee. And he said, “I had a wonderful time that filled me with a lot of happiness, and the good treatment and politeness of everyone drew my attention, and I would like to come back here again.”
He added, “It’s been going well four months after my knee surgery, and I’m now halfway through my recovery. I came to Qatar to see a sports medicine specialist, and during this visit I had a wonderful time gaining a lot of valuable information. About the proper behavior for recovery after injury, which I will make sure to follow after returning to my country.”
Townsend praised the advanced level of treatment at Aspetar Hospital, the advanced equipment and the efficiency of the staff, and continued: “I have previously treated in other sports medicine hospitals, but Aspetar is characterized by the latest technologies and modern facilities, as well as a highly skilled team of specialized doctors and surgeons. Like Dr. Enda King, who has proven to be the best in his field.”
Regarding the scheduled date for his return to the green rectangle, the player said that he expects to return to the stadiums next October, or immediately after the curtain falls on the Qatar 2022 World Cup, and continued: “I can return to play before the start of the World Cup if I decide to return early to practice football, but If I stay on the side of caution, I have to wait until after the tournament, so I have not yet decided the decision to return.”
And about his expectations for the performance of the “Three Lions” team in the tournament, the Townsend player said that he trusts his country, although fans of the English national team are often in a state of constant anxiety, but he believes that the team has performed well in the past few years, perhaps because the expectations of the fans It wasn’t loud.
He added: “Reaching the final of the European Championship, and before that the semi-final of the previous World Cup were two great achievements, so I think that I and many England fans expect to reach the semi-final at least. We hope that we can perform better than the previous tournament.” .
Townsend believes that Harry Kane will be the most prominent player for the England national team in the Qatar World Cup 2022. He considers him the best striker in the world, and he is now at the height of his career and will have a significant impact on the England team’s performance in this year’s tournament. He said: “Kane won the top scorer title in the last edition. From the World Cup, and I hope he can achieve a greater achievement this year and lead the team to win the World Cup for the second time in the history of England.”
With regard to the England coach’s preparations for the tournament, Townsend believes that Southgate has everything he needs to win the World Cup, as he reached the final of the European Nations Championship, and did not lose any match on his way to the final, and they were one penalty kick away from winning the final against the national team. Italy, who managed to win the title, added: “The chances of our players are stronger this time. They reached the semi-finals in the previous edition of the World Cup, and it seems that they are moving forward every time. I hope that the next step will take them towards the cup that the football fans are waiting for. in England since the 1960s.
Regarding the teams that are expected to reach the final at Lusail Stadium on December 18, Townsend said: “Besides my country, England, I think that France has a great chance to reach the World Cup final, and their failure to qualify for the final will be a surprise to me, and I think they are the team that is difficult to beat. I see that the Belgium team also has the opportunity, but it usually suffers from bad luck in major tournaments, and they succeeded in winning third place in the World Cup Russia 2018.”
It is noteworthy that the England team is competing in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the second group that includes Iran, the United States and Wales. The Three Lions team will start their campaign in the tournament on November 21 against the Iranian team at Khalifa International Stadium, then meet the American team at Al Bayt Stadium on November 25 , before the match that brings him together with the Wales national team on the 29th of the same month at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, at the end of the group competitions.