8:36 AM September 11, 2022
England’s ‘most capped’ soccer fan is on his option to Qatar this winter, having secured tickets to look at the Three Lions of their World Cup marketing campaign.
Ian Odgers, from Dereham, shall be watching all three of the workforce’s group stage matches on the match, which kicks off in simply 71 days time.
Ever the optimistic, he has additionally deliberate to be in Qatar for the spherical of 16. If England make it to the ultimate, he shall be at each England recreation bar one.
In addition to the England matches, he additionally plans to attend a recreation a day till he flies house.
Mr Odgers, an operations supervisor at Peerless Plastics and Coatings in Thetford, declined to say how a lot his journey was going to value him.
“I’d slightly not say what I’m paying as my spouse may learn this,” he added.
He is likely one of the 265 folks on ‘high caps’, a loyalty scheme for England soccer followers.
And Mr Odgers is as loyal as they arrive, having not missed a qualification or pleasant recreation for England for greater than a decade – aside from through the pandemic when restrictions have been in place.
In reality, there isn’t a one in England with extra ‘caps’ than him.
He is because of arrive in Qatar on November 20, the day earlier than England’s first match, towards Iran.
The workforce’s different two group video games are towards the USA on November 25 and Wales on November 29.
In addition to England video games, he plans to go to different matches on on daily basis he’s within the nation.
He’s planning to fly house on December 4, by which period he hopes he might need seen England play within the ‘spherical of 16’, supplied they’ve certified.
If England advance nonetheless additional, Mr Ogden will watch the quarter ultimate within the UK – as he did throughout their marketing campaign in Russia in 2018 – earlier than returning to Qatar for the semi-final and, he hopes, the ultimate.
He’s assured tickets for the video games, if England progress, due to his loyalty.
Mr Odgers is anticipating a World Cup like no different.
“The Christmas World Cup is unusual, it will likely be good to have some winter solar, however I’ll miss the Christmas build-up again house,” he mentioned.
“It is going to be a wierd expertise for me culture-wise. Though I’m fairly effectively travelled, this space shall be very new to me.
“We have been informed alcohol shall be obtainable three hours earlier than and one hour after video games and in fan zones and resorts. There are going to be recommendation emails despatched forward of the match for all followers.
“I feel the stadiums shall be unimaginable and I shall be attending video games in any respect however one, except England is within the third-placed play-off once more.”
He shall be staying in an condominium, a brief metro journey outdoors of the capital metropolis of Doha.
Regardless of his dedication, the Dereham resident doesn’t fancy the boys’s workforce to win their second World Cup and believes after a semi-final, and ultimate exhibiting within the final two tournaments, it’s ‘do or die’ for Gareth Southgate.
“I rank our probabilities as very slim, however I felt that going out to Russia,” he added.
“I’ve stood by Gareth however the final outcome was a shame, it is do or die for him.”