England’s players and staff were met by jubilant hotel staff and supporters as they returned to their Al Wakrah base after the victory over Senegal.
Gareth Southgate’s side saw them reach another quarter-final, brushing aside Aliou Cisse’s under-performing African champions for a delightful clash with France for a place in the last four.
Back at the hotel after another very successful evening, the England players walked into the hotel to be greeted with merry admiration by the staff and some others who were having an endearing feast.
The England players returned to their base to be met by jubilant scenes involving the locals
In scenes similar to those at Holland’s hotel after their win over the USA on Saturday night, the Southgate players walked into the lobby with flags waving and confetti falling from above.
It was a welcome change from the sad news earlier that popular team member Raheem Sterling had been forced to return home after his partner and children were the victims of an armed robbery at their home in Surrey.
When the England players arrived at the hotel, the workers danced, some with vuvuzela-like horns blowing, while others had the Saint George flag draped over their shoulders.
The players were showered with confetti and giant party poppers as they soaked up the admiration
In the footage, which has been circulated across England’s social media channels, Jack Grealish can be seen delighted at the attention paid to the team as he dances on arrival.
The players themselves have their own footage of the joyful scenes – with many filming their teammates. Mason Mount seemed to find Grealish’s arrival particularly amusing.
Unlike Grealish, Marcus Rashford didn’t seem to be in the mood – he walked through the crowd wearing his hood, though he had a big grin etched on his face. Reserve goalkeeper Nick Pope bounced up and down beside him.
Jack Grealish especially enjoyed the reception – dancing to the delight of those who had greeted him and his teammates
Phil Foden, who seems to have come into his own after a shaky start to the tournament and looks set to make his third consecutive start against France on Saturday, passed the shooting of the scenes.
While Declan Rice, always the enthusiast, bounced up and down as Pope in a group with Mason Mount, Luke Shaw, Grealish and several of those who had stayed up to greet the players.
Rice itself shared footage on social media that he is going to dance with the supporters.
It must have been very nice for the staff members to have been welcomed with equal enthusiasm by the players themselves.
Marcus Rashford – arguably one of the more shy members of the squad – held up his hood
Kyle Walker, meanwhile, took a leaf out of his Manchester City teammate Grealish’s book by dancing an individual jig. The right-back, who returned from injury against Wales and is now ready for the unenviable task of keeping Kylian Mbappe quiet, waved a small flag as the cheering scenes continued around him.
The footage of England ended with supporters chanting England – no doubt hoping for a similar celebration late Saturday night.
Unlike Holland’s video, there was little footage of Southgate dancing a mold like Louis van Gaal, with the manager briefly grinning in the background.
Kyle Walker mirrored his club team-mate Grealish in dancing alongside the staff and supporters
The charismatic Dutchman stole the show as his team returned to their base after their 3-1 victory over the USA. Van Gaal danced and filmed those who greeted his Dutch side, causing much hilarity on social media.
Two weeks after being greeted by local supporters outside their hotel, England now enter the final period of the tournament, dreaming of a place in the last four in successive editions.
After the victory over Senegal, Southgate praised his side’s relentlessness – with England maintaining their impressive goal-scoring streak.
“I think the brutality of our execution[was my favorite part],” Southgate told ITV.
“But the way the team worked off the ball and off the ball. I think in the end we were a bit sticky with the ball in the first 25-30 minutes.
“Senegal had a lot of energy, they pressed well, their form was good. And really our best chances came by winning the ball from them.’
England beat Senegal 3-0 to set up a quarter-final against France on Saturday night
In similar scenes to England’s arrival in the country two weeks ago, supporters chanted for England and the players