Sat. Nov 26th, 2022
AL WAKRAH (Doha): The sun reaches its peak early in these areas. And time seems to have literally stopped. It’s a healthy three in the afternoon in this neighborhood south of the capital. It was supposed to be early winter, but the sun is shining with uninterrupted splendor, the giant clock in the Sports Complex gym still ticking past five to nine.
Perhaps harmless, longing for a more enjoyable time before reality wakes you up. Does this time warp reflect somewhere the unending predicament of the team that chose it as their World Cup base?
Aspect England Trained in the sun, the idea of ​​their unsuccessful meeting with the World Cup, the singular success of 1966, a paradoxical umbilical cord despite the commercial success of the Premier League, it all shone through the air.
Despite last year’s semi-final presence, the promise of a string of youth championship victories, even the narrowly missed Euro championship 18 months ago at the hallowed Wembley, what you instinctively identify with England’s football team is always their disappointment.
I’m not sure what happened then, 24 years old Aaron RamsdaleThe number 2 goalkeeper in Gareth Southgate’s squad and not even born when England was narrowly overtaken by West Germany in a famous World Cup semi-final (1990 Italy) he says it all.


(England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale at press conference in Doha – AFP Photo)
“If I was too emotional in football, I would struggle a bit,” he said in a media engagement Friday.
Ramsdale was asked about the anticipated disappointment of relegation with Sheffield, opting instead to start off the pitch. He could have addressed a larger idea that had frustrated English football over the years.
As Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper, you could say Ramsdale sits in an awkward, unconventional position as he enters Europe’s first World Cup mid-league season.
Arsenal are currently at the pinnacle of the Premiership – another first for many novice football fans – and Ramsdale needs to quell that sense of accomplishment, perhaps even call on him to help England recover. How much luggage does he have, how much does he have to throw away in this desert heat?

Ramsdale brazenly spoke about how he reacted to his father’s inclusion in the Qatar squad while answering questions about disappointment and hope, supporting clubmate Bukayo Saka, who missed a penalty with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho in last year’s European final. Sitting outside the euro gives a glimpse of how new generations can break free from the shackles of the past.
“Yes, tears were shed,” she said of her father, “if I play, my father won’t come home, maybe he’ll have a heart attack or something.”
Noticing at once that the youth’s haste was saying more than it should have, he continued without breaking his pace: “Let’s just say there will be no nails left.”

But like his country’s legacy in World Cups, the heat here continues. Could it be a factor this time?
“No,” he nodded.
“I knew it was going to be tough so I wasn’t surprised. Frankly, I’ve been to Dubai many times before, either for football or for vacation to find out what it’s like. I guess it’s going to be hard to adapt to that quickly. Normally I’m into Christmas, dark nights and dark It will be very important to get used to it at this time, as it will enter the mornings.
Again, was he talking about the young Santa in Ramsdale, or was he, like most British fans, even viewing Christmas as a dreary season? Let Qatar answer.