England fans FINALLY made their voices heard in Qatar… as the Three Lions picked up a stunning 3-0 win over Senegal to silence the ’12th lion’ and set up a World Cup quarter-final clash against France
- England fans were in full voice as the Three Lions roared to victory against Senegal
- Gareth Southgate’s ferocious England side silenced the ’12th lion’ at Al Bayt
- Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka all got on the scoresheet in the win
- England advance to quarter-finals to face defending champions France
- MATCH REPORT: England beat Senegal 3-0 to qualify for the World Cup
It was starting to feel like the Al Bayt Stadium would not be a happy place for England, on or off the pitch.
It was the ground that saw the Three Lions draw 0-0 against the United States. The atmosphere was disappointing that night and for 38 minutes here it was flat again.
Perhaps the stadium’s inconvenient location is why it doesn’t lend itself to the best atmosphere. All the other grounds are quite close together and easy to navigate by public transport. But it’s the only place that’s out of the way.
Arsenal and England star Bukayo Saka celebrates his third goal as England slip past Senegal
England fans traveled in large numbers to the Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar
England players showed their class by beating Senegal in the last 16 of the World Cup
Al Bayt Stadium hosted England’s World Cup Round of 16 knockout tie against Senegal
It would be like having a World Cup in London but having a handful of matches in Milton Keynes or Brighton.
The nearest metro station is 30 minutes away by car. A bus or taxi is your best mode of transport, but there’s definitely more chance of singing along with other supporters when traveling by train.
It felt like the England fans hadn’t had a chance to warm up their vocal cords.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson opened the scoring for England against Senegal
England fans created their best atmosphere of the tournament until England stars delivered in the heat
65,985 fans watched inside Al Bayt Stadium as England continued their World Cup journey
Three Lions players celebrate as skipper Harry Kane (centre) doubles their first-half lead
Although there seemed to be a strong English presence inside the 60,000 seater stadium, the most noise came from those cheering on Senegal.
Their group, who passionately played their African drums, drowned out all the sounds the England fans were trying to produce.
Senegal fans would have hoped to see a better performance from their side
England fans watching in the Middle East heat join in the celebrations as England go wild against Senegal
That was until Jordan Henderson shot in first base. Suddenly there was an eruption. Relief, joy and finally the noise gushing from the English supporters.
The Senegalese group, undeterred, continued to beat the same pace they had been doing all game.
England fans back home were clearly in the Christmas spirit as they watched their side claim victory in their last 16 World Cup game
Kane’s rocket strike from inside the Senegal box finds the back of the net in Qatar
But when Harry Kane made it 2-0 with the final kick before half-time, they were silenced. Goal music is a bit like the pot, we love it or we hate it. But it’s hard not to get carried away with the celebrations when Freed from Desire blares from the speakers.
Unlike Wales, England didn’t need Chesney Hawkes’ half-time performance for inspiration. The tone was already set.
Saka slips England’s third goal past Chelsea and Senegal keeper Edouard Mendy
England manager Gareth Southgate watched his team execute their game plan against Senegal perfectly
Instead, a different British band took over as The Overtones appropriately sang “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang. When Bukayo Saka wrapped up the game in the 57th minute, the celebrations could really begin.
The Al Bayt may not be the best location but it had a full time party. England will be back here for their quarter-final with France and the winners will return for the semi-finals. So bring your good times, and your laughs too.
England will now face reigning world champions France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup