World Cup 2022: England receive heroes' welcome after 3-0 drubbing of Senegal

ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott reports on England's coming quarter-final clash with France

England received a heroes' welcome back to their official team hotel after dispatching Senegal 3-0 in their World Cup round of 16 clash on Sunday.

The Three Lions were greeted by cheering members of staff, draped in England shirts and waving flags.

A video posted on the official England Twitter page showed star players, including Jack Grealish and Declan Rice joining in with the celebrations.

Many fans in Qatar were having a day or rest after England's victory on Sunday

England's victory now means they have set up a pulsating quarter-final against current World Cup holders France - with the match to be shown live on ITV1 and STV this Saturday.

Goals in quick succession by England's Jordan Henderson and Captain Harry Kane saw the Three Lions cruise to a 2-0 halftime lead, with Bukayo Saka adding a third goal in the 57th minute.

Fans up and down the country celebrate as England score goal after goal

Speaking after the game, England captain Harry Kane hailed a "really good day" for the team, saying on ITV1: "It was really tough, knockout games are never easy.

"I think we’ve showed great maturity through the tournament, and 3-0 against a really good side, credit to the boys, the mentality was top from the beginning and we took our chances when they came."

"We feel good, we’ve got good runners, good players getting forward, and it’s solid at the back, three clean sheets in a row is really important. A really good day for us."

Regarding his goal, the first in this tournament, Kane said: "I had so much time, the ball just sat up nicely, the connection was perfect.

"I had a chance before that which I should have done better with, so it was nice to see that one go in. I’m a striker, so whenever I score I’m always happy."

Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate explained post game why Raheem Sterling was absent from the matchday squad.

"He’s dealing with a family matter so I had quite a bit of time with him this morning, but I’ve now had to pass that on to other people to help him with that," he said.

Asked if Sterling would remain with the squad if England progressed, Southgate added: "He’s going to go and deal with that matter and then we’ll have to take it from there really."

On the selection of Saka ahead of Rashford, Southgate said: "He was excellent in our first two matches, we think Marcus was also very good and it’s great to be able to have him come into the game as it opens up.

"We’ve of course got an embarrassment of riches in that area of the pitch but we’re delighted with Bukayo’s performances and we think Phil and him deserve their opportunity."

ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott reports on England's victory against Senegal

Sunday's round of 16 game kicked off at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor in Qatar, with a goal in the 38th minute by Jordan Henderson.

Less than ten minutes later, England captain Harry Kane made it 2-0, with the Three Lions going into half-time with a spring in their step.

Jude Bellingham lead a charge out of defence before sliding in Phil Foden who fed the ball through to Kane, with the Tottenham striker going on to score his first goal of the World Cup finals.

England fans had been confident of an "easy" win in their first knockout game, after comfortable wins against Wales and Iran.

There was a lively atmosphere outside the Al Bayt Stadium in the host nation’s capital city Doha, where England supporters were greeted by a vast Senegalese following - with many fans of the African nation drumming, dancing and waving flags.

The mood was friendly, with England fans joining them for photos and live music lining the long walk to the stadium.

The UK ambassador to Senegal said the two nations were united in their "passion for football", describing the African country as "about as football mad, if not more, than the UK is".

Southgate made just one change to England's lineup from their last game against Wales - Saka was picked to start ahead of the in-form Marcus Rashford.

Saka, who scored a brace in the opening 6-2 win over Iran, was rested against Wales, where Rashford also scored twice in a 3-0 victory.

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