It’s all smiles for England stars! Harry Maguire and Jack Grealish post videos as they enjoy the Qatar sunshine by the hotel pool after sending Wales home and topping their World Cup group
England stars are all smiles as they enjoy a recovery day at the swimming pool after sending Wales home with a comfortable 3-0 victory to finish top of Group B.
A brace from Marcus Rashford and a solo effort from Phil Foden helped the Three Lions cruise to victory and set up a last-16 tie with Senegal at the 2022 World Cup on Sunday evening.
Boss Gareth Southgate has rewarded his squad with a day of recovery for their efforts at their Souq Al Wakra Hotel base.
England stars including Harry Maguire are all smiles as they enjoy a recovery day at the pool
The Three Lions sealed a 3-0 victory over Wales to send them home and top their group
It seems they are making the most of it, with Three Lions stars Harry Maguire and Jack Grealish both posting videos on Instagram of them lounging by the pool making the most of the sun in Qatar.
Both of which featured in last night’s victory with Manchester United Maguire starting his third consecutive game while Manchester City attacker Grealish was introduced off the bench once again, just like in the previous two matches.
Kieran Trippier and Jordan Pickford were both captured in the videos making the most of the pool.
England’s Jack Grealish also posted a video on Instagram making the most of recovery day
Grealish (left) and Maguire (right) both featured for the Three Lions in the Wales win last night
Other stars have been pictured by yoga mats just away from the pool, where they can stretch and recover their muscles after the completion of the group-stages.
Midfielder Declan Rice also posted a picture of him alongside Newcastle striker Callum Wilson with the caption: ‘Recovery settings.’
It’s a fairly short turnaround for England as they return to action on Sunday evening as they bid to continue their progression by beating Senegal to reach the quarter-finals of the major tournament.
England and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice posted a picture with striker Callum Wilson
The day of relaxation comes after a late night, although they were welcomed back to their Qatar base by a host of cheering staff celebrating their win against Wales in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The players returned to their Hotel basecamp, where employees greeted them with whoops and cheers, waving St George’s Cross flags and high fives and fist bumps despite their late arrival.
Manager Gareth Southgate and stars including captain Harry Kane, midfielder Jude Bellingham, defender Harry Maguire and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford were shown lapping up the adulation.
England stars were welcomed back to their team hotel with cheers in Wednesday’s early hours
In the short video posted on England’s official Instagram account on Wednesday morning, Callum Wilson, Kieran Trippier and Jordan Henderson were also seen grinning with satisfaction.
The caption read: ‘A warm welcome back to basecamp!’ followed by a raising-hands emoji.’
England will return to training tomorrow, as they begin preparing for their clash with Senegal in the first round of the knock-out stages.