England got their shirt numbers handed to them by none other than HRH Prince William, marking a special send-off as the team tries to bring it home after ’66. You can view a glimpse of the shirt number handover in this tweet by the official twitter account of the England national football team.

Expectations are through the roof considering they almost secured the Euro title last year, and the shirt number handover is a good note to start this year’s World Cup campaign for the Three Lions. The ceremony has the Prince presenting each player with a box containing his number and the iconic English players to have worn it in the past. It’s an inspirational reminder of the abundant talent of the nation and that a World Cup glory is its righteous place.

England will face Iran this Monday, November 21, at 1 PM to open up Group B. The former comes in as the heavy favourite to not only win but also top the group. But the latter, led by experienced tactician Carlos Queiroz and with 13 of the players employing their trade in the most prominent European leagues, has all that it takes to outperform expectations this time around. They were agonisingly close to securing a knockout berth four years ago, and this time might be the year they finally break the curse of the group stage.

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