DOHA: England’s Football Association has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Qatar Football Association ahead of the Gulf State hosting the finals of the 2022 World Cup.

Three years after Greg Dyke, FA chairman at the time, described Qatar award 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.

Clarke said: “The FA is pleased to commit to this knowledge-sharing partnership with the Qatar Football Association. 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 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.

Sharma said: “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.”