The FIFA Club World Cup takes place later this month with Liverpool among the teams participating in Qatar by virtue of their Champions League triumph earlier this year.
Gareth Southgate will be a keen observer at the tournament, not just because a number of his England players will be in action for the Anfield side.
The competition begins just under three years before 31 national teams join hosts Qatar for a World Cup that is a venture into the unknown in more ways than one and is very much an early test event for 2022.
Two of the three venues, the Khalifa International Stadium and the new Education City Stadium will be World Cup host venues and Southgate will look at those as part of early preparations for England's expected participation.
He told The Guardian recently: "I'm going to Qatar to watch some of Liverpool’s games but also it’s exactly the time the World Cup will be played there so the climate will be ideal to get a feel of and pinpoint a couple of camps that we would stay in there."