Kyle Walker hoping ‘Dave’ will be a lucky mascot for England at World Cup

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England may be known for wearing three lions on their shirts – but a cat could be their lucky charm if they go all the way to World Cup glory in Qatar.

A number of the squad have taken a shine to a stray who has made himself at home at their Al Wakrah-based hotel.

Given the name ‘Dave’, the feline has appeared in plenty of social media posts since the team arrived in Qatar.

But Dave could now find himself with a one-way ticket to Manchester as Walker said he was “hopeful” his new feline friend could prove to be a lucky mascot heading into Saturday’s quarter-final clash against France.

“Dave is fine,” he said when asked about the cat in between queries on how he plans to stop Kylian Mbappe at Al Bayt Stadium this weekend.

“He had a little scrap with another cat the other night.

Brazil’s Vinicius Junior had a feline friend during his press conference on Wednesday
Brazil’s Vinicius Junior had a feline friend during his press conference on Wednesday (Andre Penner/AP)

“Hopefully I can stick to my promise that he will come home with us if we were to win the World Cup. Dave’s fine, thank you for asking.”

‘Dave’ was not the only member of the feline community to make an appearance at the tournament as Brazil’s Vinicius Jr had a visitor during his press conference on Wednesday.

The Real Madrid winger was speaking to the media ahead of Brazil’s quarter-final with Croatia when he was joined by a cat at the top table.

The animal was eventually moved by the Brazil press officer, who left nothing to chance as he forcefully threw it from the desk.

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