England could play a friendly in opposition to Qatar after the Football Association signed a partnership agreement with the 2022 World Cup hosts.
FA chairman Greg Clarke signed the “knowledge-sharing” deal with the Qatar FA in Doha on Wednesday.
In 2015, his predecessor Greg Dyke said awarding Qatar the World Cup was “the worst moment in Fifa’s history”.
But Clarke mentioned: “We have a long history of collaboration with various national associations.”
He added: “For Qatar, developing the game across the country is a key objective as they approach the hosting of the World Cup in 2022.”
The agreement will see the nations share concepts on soccer growth, grassroots soccer, youth growth, girls’s soccer, participant efficiency and administration and administration.
The FA additionally confirmed that the nations would “look at the possibility of organising friendly matches across the different age groups”.
BBC sports activities editor Dan Roan
How instances change. In 2015, Dyke demanded Qatar be stripped of the correct to host the World Cup if corruption allegations – a few of that are nonetheless being investigated by US and Swiss authorities – have been confirmed. Today, in what seems a dramatic U-turn, his successor hailed the 2022 World Cup as “exciting”.
For the FA, this makes strategic sense. It is on a world attraction offensive forward of a possible bid for the 2030 World Cup. And it additionally suits in with the federal government’s push to strengthen ties with a rustic that has invested billions of kilos within the UK, forward of the post-Brexit period.
However, some shall be involved that by forging nearer hyperlinks with a rustic nonetheless below intense scrutiny over its therapy of migrant staff, the FA could have as soon as once more put soccer politics over ideas.