Christmas is just around the corner and England are in the quarter-finals of the World Cup

THE pounding rhythm of Freed From Desire filled the clammy desert air and Bud Zero’s plastic cups were hurled into the sky.

The stadium at Al Khor echoed with a “Eng-ger-land, Eng-ger-land” wall of noise.

The stadium at Al Khor felt like Wembley on the sand when England beat Senegal

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The stadium at Al Khor felt like Wembley on the sand when England beat SenegalCredit: PA
Jude Bellingham celebrates with team mates after England's first goal

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Jude Bellingham celebrates with team mates after England’s first goalPhoto credit: Getty

After nearly 40 minutes of incessant Senegalese drumming, it was England who made 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 played by England when they find the net in Qatar.

After Henderson’s opener, Three Lions fans changed the lyrics and chanted, “Hendo burn, your defenses scared.”

Goals either side of the half-time break from Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka eased 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 saying, “Oh what fun it is to see England win.”

There were even a few Santa hats in the crowd.

Christmas is just around the corner and England are in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Bukayo Saka celebrates with Phil Foden and Harry Kane

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Bukayo Saka celebrates with Phil Foden and Harry KanePhoto credit: Getty
England fans dressed up as the Three Lions at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor

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England fans dressed up as the Three Lions at Al Bayt Stadium in Al KhorCredit: PA
England's players celebrate with the fans after securing a spot in the quarter-finals

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England’s players celebrate with the fans after securing a spot in the quarter-finalsPhoto credit: AFP

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