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ENGLAND’S World Cup hopes got a double boost yesterday as Harry Kane was declared fit to start against the USA and Harry Mane arrived in Qatar.

The Sun’s mascot rode in on a camel to roar on the Three Lions ahead of the vital Group B clash.

6The Sun’s mascot Harry Mane rode in on a camel to roar on the Three Lions ahead of the vital Group B clashCredit: Dan Charity 6Striker Harry Kane was declared fit to start against the USA - the ace was all smiles at training yesterdayCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun 6Southgate, 52, said of Kane: 'He came through training, no problems'Credit: PA

And along with every other fan, he was over the moon as Gareth Southgate confirmed his near-namesake had overcome his injury scare.

Southgate, 52, said of striker Kane: “He came through training, no problems. It would be a brave decision to leave him out.”

The manager also praised Prince William for backing England as he told how the team were on their way to becoming world-beaters.

Southgate said: “This is a good period for English football. We feel we can be competitive for many years to come.

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“These players are putting the country on the map, they are regaining our respectability on the world stage and we have got to keep doing that.

“We’re tucked away, we really like our base camp, we don’t have TVs on other than for matches.

“I’m sure the lads are following social media but we have talked about the importance of ignoring those things. We actually had the future King come in and talk to the lads about that.

“You’ve got to just ignore the noise. It’s all about focusing on the games and on the training.”

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Southgate stressed his young lions would not be complacent against the USA, who we have never beaten at a World Cup.

6Bukayo Saka reaches for Mason Mount during a training sessionCredit: Getty 6It comes as Kane, 29, wore a £535,000 rainbow watch despite the Fifa furore over the symbolCredit: Getty 6He led the squad into the Khalifa International Stadium before the Iran game with the watchCredit: Getty Images

He said: “What we have got to do is perform on the field and we know we will play a highly motivated team and perhaps even more motivated because of those types of headlines.

“But we have got huge respect for our opponents.

“We have got to be at our best and the risk for us is because we played well the other day [we think] we can just go through to the next game.

“We have got to find that reset button so we can have the same psychology and determination — and I do see that in the players.”

'Locals are supporting England'

A fired-up Kane will be leading the line after being declared fully fit.

The Spurs star was subbed during the 6-2 win over Iran with an ankle knock. Meanwhile, pictures emerged yesterday of Kane, 29, wearing a £535,000 rainbow watch despite the Fifa furore over the symbol.

He led the squad into the Khalifa International Stadium before the Iran game with a Rainbow Rolex.

Instagram account Insane Luxury Life shared a snap of the timepiece, previously worn by Stormzy at the Brit Awards in 2020.

England will be cheered on by more than 8,000 lionhearts for tonight’s crunch game at the 69,000-seater Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

Another win will guarantee a place in the knockout stages. Around 3,000 fans who flew out for the game will be bolstered by thousands from the region’s 120,000-strong expat community.

Among those cheering England on will be Harry Mane, who cruised in on camel Mustafa yesterday.

Our mascot said: “He didn’t have much to say. I think he had the hump because Qatar lost. I was hoping he would stick his neck out and go for England.”

The USA has sold around 4,000 tickets to their fans, who celebrated Thanksgiving in Qatar yesterday.

Ashley Brown, of the Football Supporters’ Federation, said: “There were probably around 10,000 England fans for the game against Iran. So many of the people living here have decided to support England. They have the shirts on and fly the flag.

“It is because there are so many UK nationals living in the Middle East. And the popularity of the Premier League also means many locals are supporting England.”

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Back home, fans are set to sink 20million pints as pubs prepare for one of the biggest nights of the year. Around 18million are expected to be watching, with many bunking off work early to get a prime seat ahead of the 7pm kick-off.

Shopping centres and retail parks, hoping for a bumper Black Friday, are likely to be deserted.

‘SOCCER’ BAWLS

US fans are trying to incite England rivals with a feeble chant: “It’s called soccer.”

They insist that is how the game should be known — despite it being football to most of the rest of the world.

The Yanks, who insist football is throwing a ball around a gridiron, will try their soccer chant at today’s crunch game.

One even mocked up the slogan on star man Christian Pulisic’s shirt on Twitter.

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he New England Patriots offense has struggled throughout the 2022 NFL season and members of the organization have seemed to have enough.

New England’s offense has only recorded 2,781 passing yards (21st in the NFL), and 1,259 rushing yards (24th in the NFL) per Pro Football Reference. With the Patriots also sitting at the bottom of the AFC East with a 6-6 record, confidence isn’t high among fans.

With struggles can come frustration and that was perfectly displayed in Kendrick Bourne’s postgame comments after the Patriots Week 13 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

“It’s hard,” Bourne said. It goes into the aspect of it, you go to the sideline you’re just like, ‘man.’ You can’t not believe in your abilities, you know we’re all here for a reason. It’s just frustrating as a man, you know what I mean? We’re all men in here and we all want to contribute, but it’s just hard because it’s 11 men. One person can’t mess up, it’ll mess up the whole thing. It’s just about being mentally strong every single play, every single second of the game. It gets frustrating, it’s just a part of the NFL.

“We just need to scheme up better,” Bourne added. “We need to know what they’re doing. We need to know what they want to do on third down, you know what I mean? We’re kind of sporadic. They call this and we call that and it falls into what they want. We need to have it where they’re falling into what we want. That’s not my job. It’s my job to just run the call.”

Does Troy Brown Agree With Bourne?

New England legend and current wide receivers coach Troy Brown met with the media on Monday and echoed some of Bourne’s sentiments.

“We need to do it all better. We need to scheme up better. We need to practice better. We need to play better. We need to do a whole lot of things better,” Brown said. “Just not one thing you can throw out there and say we need to do better. We just have to execute better and that comes in every department in the building right now. That’s playing, coaching – whatever it is, quarterbacking, receiving, running back, blocking. Whatever it is, we have to have some accountability for it and be better at it. And just keep plugging along at it.”

Are Other Wide Receivers Frustrated?

Bourne isn’t the only wide receiver who is fed up with how New England’s offense is performing. DeVante Parker was unhappy with how the game against the Bills played out.

“When we came into this game, that’s what our game plan was right at the start,” Parker said. “Throw short, quick tosses. Get it out there … Get the ball out quicker.

Yeah,” Parker added when asked about the lack of a deep ball in New England’s offense. “It is because throwing deep sparks our offense, whoever’s making a play. Once we hit deep passes, our whole offense comes alive. That’s a big part of our offense.”

Frustration is mounting among coaches and players which usually spells trouble for an organization. Fans will see how New England reacts  when the Patriots player the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14.

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