Calm before the storm: Fan Zone and stadium where England will play in just hours is empty

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Less than three hours before kick-off, the fan zone and stadium in which England will face off against Iran appears empty. The Three Lions will play their first match of the tournament in the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha at 1pm GMT today.

Fewer England fans have been expected to turn up to this year’s World Cup, which takes place in the winter in Qatar.

The host nation has faced concerns about its track record on human rights, and many visitors have been unable to quench their thirst in the heat by the Gulf nation’s last-minute U-turn banning the sale of beer in the grounds.

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