England could face Qatar in friendly after FA sign partnership with 2022 World Cup hosts

Former FA chairman Greg Dyke had previously called Qatar getting the World Cup 'the worst moment in Fifa's history'

Greg Clarke said developing the game across the country was a key objective
Greg Clarke said developing the game across the country was a key objective

The Football Association has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Qatar Football Association ahead of the Gulf State hosting the 2022 World Cup.

Three years after then-FA chairman Greg Dyke described Qatar being awarded the World Cup as "the worst moment in Fifa's history", his successor Greg Clarke was in Doha to forge links with the country.

As part of the cooperation deal, the two countries have committed to exploring the possibility of arranging friendlies across age groups.

"The FA is pleased to commit to this knowledge-sharing partnership with the Qatar Football Association," Clarke said. "We have a long history of collaboration with various national associations to share knowledge and experience to support the development of football.

"For Qatar, developing the game across the country is a key objective as they approach the hosting of the Fifa World Cup in 2022."

Clarke also visited Khalifa International Stadium, which is the first ground to open that will be used for the World Cup.

Ajay Sharma, the British ambassador to Qatar, was also part of the touring party and he hopes the agreement will lead to further links between the two nations.

"I am delighted that the English Football Association has signed MoUs with the Qatar Football Association and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy during the visit to Doha of the FA chairman Greg Clarke," Sharma added. "This will mark the beginning of even deeper cooperation between our two countries, and underlines the UK's support for Qatar in delivering a successful World Cup 2022."

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