FIFA World Cup: Reece James and England’s Budweiser are both sidelined

Published on: November 18, 2022, 11:52 am.

Last updated: November 18, 2022, 12:02 p.m.

England’s 1966 World Cup victory continues to be a significant part of the country’s identity, and fans believe they deserve another long-awaited victory at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. They might understand too, if the bookies’ predictions are correct.

Reece James
Soccer player Reece James gestures on the pitch. He will not be able to play for England due to injury. (Image: Getty Images)

England entered the World Cup undefeated, which starts on Sunday. Since they finished fourth at the last World Cup and were runners-up at the delayed Euro 2020, it’s time for them to put on a show.

England need a great start against Iran to boost their confidence. Several teams participating in the upcoming tournament are capable of relying on a strong player, but England is not one of them this time.

The rise of Kane

Harry Kane comes closest. He has scored 51 goals in 75 appearances for England and is undoubtedly a footballing superstar. Fortunately, he also has the support of a solid squad full of athletes who have dominated leagues around the globe.

On top of his six goals in Russia 2018, Kane could break Gary Lineker’s record of 10 goals to become England’s top scorer at World Cup events.

Unfortunately for England, Reece James will not be part of the squad. The Chelsea defender is ruled out through injury, joining Kyle Walker, who underwent groin surgery at the start of October.

England have a strong history in the World Cup, having only managed to qualify three times in 70 years. He missed the then West German games in 1974, Argentina in 1978 and the USA in 1994.

On Monday, England make their World Cup debut against Iran, entering as heavy favourites. DraftKings has them at -275, while Iran gets +1000. If Kane delivers the performance football fans expect, the team will be one to watch throughout the tournament.

The USA will be a serious rival to the Three Lions, as England is known. The last time these two teams met, the English won 3-0. DraftKings expects them to do it again, currently giving them -175 to +500 for the Stars and Stripes.

Budweiser, Drink from Qatar

There are strict rules for anyone visiting Qatar for the World Cup, but a ban on alcohol was not going to be one of them. That has changed now.

The writing may have been on the wall last week when media outlets began reporting that Qatar was forcing beer stands to move further away from entrances and other positions. Now, in a statement issued on Friday, FIFA announced that Qatar has dried up.

Budweiser – the only alcohol that was to be allowed inside the stadium perimeter – is gone. Qatar will not allow beer anywhere around the stadiums, except in certain corporate hospitality areas, despite FIFA’s sponsorship deal with the global brewery. Bud Zero, the non-alcoholic version, is still on the table.

There are other prohibitions that visitors should be aware of. The Qatari penal code considers the consumption of alcoholic beverages in a public place to be an offence. Offenders face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to QAR 3,000 ($819). The same punishment applies to anyone who is drunk on the public road or who, in a state of intoxication, disturbs others.

The minimum legal age to consume alcohol in licensed premises in Qatar is 21 years. Anyone who supplies an alcoholic beverage to a minor or induces a minor to drink can be jailed for up to three years and/or fined up to $2,750.

In addition, the law defines gambling as any game in which the probability of winning and losing depends on uncontrolled chance and in which each party agrees to offer an amount of money or profit. These types of activities in Qatar are punishable by up to three months in prison or a financial fine. If the game takes place in a public place, there may be a larger fine or prison sentence.

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