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Christmas is coming and England are in the World Cup quarter-finals

THE pulsing rhythm of Freed From Desire filled the clammy desert air and plastic cups of Bud Zero were launched skywards.

The stadium in Al Khor echoed to an “Eng-ger-land, Eng-ger-land” wall of noise.

The stadium in Al Khor felt like Wembley in the sand as England beat Senegal
Jude Bellingham celebrates with team mates after England’s first goal

After nearly 40 minutes of incessant Senegalese drumming it was England making the noise as Jordan Henderson opened the scoring.

Close your eyes and it was like Wembley in the sand as the Three Lions roared past their African opponents.

Freed From Desire, Gala’s eurodance hit, is the tune England chose to play when they find the net in Qatar.

After Henderson’s opener, Three Lions fans changed the lyrics to sing: “Hendo’s on fire, your defence is terrified.”

Goals either side of half time from Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka released any tension the Three Lions supporters might have had and the party could begin.

As the clock ticked towards full-time, there was a chorus of Jingle Bells with the words: “Oh, what fun it is to see England win away.”

There were even a few Santa hats in the crowd.

Christmas is coming and England are in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Bukayo Saka celebrates with Phil Foden and Harry Kane
England fans dressed as Three Lions at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor
England players celebrate with fans after they sealed a place in the Quarter-finals

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