Gareth Southgate’s England team were winners both on and off the pitch on Tuesday evening after a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Wales sparked scenes of jubilation from their watching loved ones.
On a balmy night in Qatar the team battered a predictable Wales side with three well taken second half goals as Southgate’s men progressed to the last Round of 16 and what promises to be a more difficult contest against Senegal on Sunday.
It was an encouraging all round display after a laboured 0-0 draw against USA – whose 1-0 win over Iran sent them through from Group B in second place – and the WAGs were on hand to offer their partners some richly deserved affection after the final whistle.
Beaming model Sasha Attwood reunited with boyfriend Jack Grealish as the team mingled with their partners following the victory, which produced a brace from the in-form Marcus Rashford and a first World Cup goal for talented Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden.
Elsewhere captain Harry Kane – who is yet to score at this tournament – and his wife Katie were spotted sharing a sweet catch up pitch side at Al Rayyan’s Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, while Luke Shaw had a kiss planted on him by his long-term partner Anouska Santos.
Reunited after the match: Harry Kane and his wife Katie were spotted sharing a sweet catch up pitch side at Al Rayyan’s Ahmed bin Ali Stadium after England’s 3-0 defeat of Wales
All smiles: Beaming WAG Sasha Attwood reunited with her footballer beau Jack Grealish as the Three Lions mingled with their partners and family after sailing to a 3-0 victory against Wales in the Qatar World Cup on Tuesday night
Mason Mount was also delighted to get up to the stands after the match to greet his family, while goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and his partner Megan Davison got together for a catch up.
After the game Marcus celebrated his two goals by having a kiss with his fiancée Lucia Loi while Kalvin Phillips had a warm embrace with girlfriend Ashleigh Behan among the crowds.
Another WAG present at the match was Aaron Ramsdale’s fiancée Georgina Irwin who also gave her partner a sweet smooch following the clash.
Smooch! Luke Shaw had a kiss planted on him by his long-term partner Anouska Santos after England’s mighty win
Happy: The model, 26, looked over the moon as she chatted with the player, 27, in the stands after cheering him on avidly throughout the game
Kisses: Georgina Irwin (left) with fiancé, England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale following the FIFA World Cup Group B match
Thrilled with the result: After the game Marcus celebrated his two goals by having a kiss with his fiancée Lucia Loi
Earlier in the night Katie led the WAGs arriving at the England vs Wales World Cup clash.
The mother-of-three, 29, was showing her support for the captain in her England shirt as she made her way to her seat for the sure-to-be thrilling fixture.
Also there to watch the players was Harry Maguire‘s wife Fern Hawkins who sat with his extended family in the stands and Bukayo Saka’s partner Tolami Benson.
Declan Rice’s girlfriend Lauren Fryer was also in attendance at the match as she soaked in all the football action.
Tired? Harry looked a little weary as he spoke with his wife Katie after the match who looked in great spirits beside him
Support system: England’s Bukayo Saka with his partner Tolami Benson after the match during the FIFA World Cup
Cuddles: Mason Mount was also delighted to get up to the stands after the match to greet his family and gave his niece Poppy a cuddle
Great work Jordan Pickford and his partner Megan Davison got together for a catch up after the game too
Fans: Harry and his wife Katie spoke to other family members in the box after the game
Making time for them: Jack made sure to chat to his friends and family after the game
Man of the match: After the game the players headed up to the family area to chat with their loved ones
Hug: Kalvin Phillips had a warm embrace with girlfriend Ashleigh Behan after the match
Winner! Goal scorer Phil Foden greeted his girlfriend Rebecca Cooke who gave him a huge hug after the match
Close: England’s Luke Shaw (centre) with his girlfriend Anouska Santos during the FIFA World Cup Group B match
Family reunion: Mason was pictured holding his niece Poppy after the game
Elsewhere, on the Welsh side Charlotte Russell, the partner of Wales player Keiffer Moore, donned her patriotic red football shirt while getting into the World Cup spirit.
England won 3-0 against Wales in tonight’s ‘Battle of Britain’ after two thumping strikes from Marcus Rashford and another from Phil Foden.
Three Lions fans hit back at their Welsh rivals after Rashford’s wonder first strike by singing ‘You’re going home in the morning’ just as Foden stabbed home the second.
Happy with the results: Marcus gave a big thumbs up after the match that saw him score two goals
Support: Earlier in the night Katie led the WAGs arriving at the England vs Wales World Cup clash
Happy: Sasha was up on her feet clapping as the goals rolled in
Awesome: Three Lions fans hit back at their Welsh rivals after Rashford’s wonder first strike by singing ‘You’re going home in the morning’ just as Foden stabbed home the second (WAGs celebrating pictured)
Watching: Sasha appeared engrossed in the football as the match began
Rashford struck again on the 68th to score England’s 100th goal at the World Cup finals.
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions have won the last six matches against their rivals, but Rob Page’s men, led by talisman Gareth Bale, need their first win over England since 1984.
However, with England leading 2-0 and the USA going 1-0 against Iran means any hopes Wales have of qualifying are now virtually non-existent.
Family: Also there to cheer on the players were Harry Maguire’s partner Fern Hawkins (far right) ahead of the next Group B clash
Ready for the match: Jordan Pickford’s partner Megan Davison (left) wore a blue England shirt as she sat with her family to watch
Match: Bukayo Saka’s partner Tolami Benson (left) was also on her phone for some of the match
As the action began, England had already scored a victory at kick-off with its fans outnumbering the Wales supporters by three to one inside the 42.000-seater Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions have won the last six matches against their rivals, but Rob Page’s men, led by talisman Gareth Bale, need their first win over England since 1984 and other results to go their way.
The two home nations meet for their final group B fixture, with hordes of fans having made the trip and millions more watching back home.
WAGSs: Declan Rice’s girlfriend Lauren Fryer and Aaron Ramsdale’s fiancée Georgina Irwin (pictured) were also in attendance at the match as they soaked in all the football action
Flag: Charlotte Russell, partner of Wales player Keiffer Moore, at the Ahmad Bin Ali stadium in Doha this evening
Glam: Ashleigh Behan -the girlfriend of England’s Kalvin Phillips – is pictured in the stands
Quiet so far: England have gone 3-0 against Wales in tonight’s ‘Battle of Britain’ after two thumping strikes from Marcus Rashford and another from Phil Foden (pictured- Aaron Ramsdale’s partner Georgina Irwin – left)
Bored? Sasha was later seen glued to her phone as the match went on
Well done! England players celebrate with Marcus Rashford after he scored a second goal to make it 3-0 to England
Chants between the two sets of fans even extended to the metro, where one Canadian passenger said his country had banter with the US, ‘but not like this’.
At an investiture ceremony, the King told former Sunderland star Gary Bennett he ‘just wanted a good game of football’ when asked who he would be supporting.
Downing Street said Rishi Sunak would be supporting England, but hoped both teams could advance ‘as far as possible’ in the competition.
The Three Lions currently top the group and need just a point to guarantee their progress to the knockout stages, while Wales must win and hope for a favourable result between Iran and the USA.
Exciting: As the action began, England had already scored a victory at kick-off with its fans outnumbering the Wales supporters by three to one inside the 42.000-seater Ahmad bin Ali Stadium (pictured – Georgina Irwin chats to the partner of David Brooks)
Yay! The Three Lions currently top the group and need just a point to guarantee their progress to the knockout stages, while Wales must win and hope for a favourable result between Iran and the USA
In Doha, the Welsh fans were in fine voice before the game, with some England fans spotted having flags painted on their faces.
Chants of ‘Wales, Wales’ were soon met with the response of ‘World Cup winners, you’ll never sing that’ as fans gradually made their way into the stadium.
Wales fan Huw Godfrey, 50, and England supporter Amy Godfrey, who married after meeting in London 25 years ago, joked they will still be on speaking terms whatever the result.
‘The children are never quite sure ‘do we support England, do we support Wales’ so we’ll see – they can support whoever wins,’ Mrs Godfrey told the PA news agency.
Tired? Georgina Irwin risked a quick yawn before the start of the big match held in Qatar on Tuesday night
One Wales fan made a last-minute decision to fly to Qatar to watch the game without telling his girlfriend.
David ‘Dai’ Jones from Pontypridd, South Wales, could not resist travelling to the game – despite receiving an ultimatum from his partner of 11 years.
The 33-year-old electrician said: ‘I thought she might get over it in time, but I never would, so I made the decision to come.’
Supporters from both nations began preparation for the game early today at the Red Lion pub in Doha, which has become a popular haunt for supporters of both teams.
Cute! Ria Hughes, girlfriend of Daniel James of Wales is seen before tonight’s Group B match between Wales and England
England fan Mick Martin, 62, from Aylesbury, said Wales are a ‘wounded animal’ but added: ‘We should be good enough.
‘If we’re not good enough to beat Wales or get a good result against Wales we really shouldn’t be here, should we?’
Wales supporter Mike Gristwood, 52, from Swansea, said he and his friends were feeling ‘slightly nervous’ ahead of the match.
‘But we’ll be singing our hearts out later and we’ll be that 12th man that gets our boys over the line,’ he said.
Getting going: England’s captain Harry Kane warms up ahead of this evening’s game against Wales at the World Cup in Qatar
Looking on: Ashleigh Behan – the girlfriend of England’s Kalvin Phillips – was in the crowds for the big match
England fan Ian Carter, 45, who lives in Llanelli, was heading to the game with his Wales-supporting nephew James Millar and father-in-law Paul Jones after the trio flew in from Dubai.
On the decision to travel to Qatar, Mr Carter said: ‘It was over the breakfast table and we said ‘sod it, shall we just go?’ and it was a case of you’ve got the missus to talk to and stuff, but it was an easy decision – being from a Welsh and English mix, for us it was a perfect storm.’
Elsewhere, Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the UK’s football policing lead, said there had been no arrests or incidents in the opening nine days of the tournament and praised England and Wales fans for their ‘exemplary’ behaviour.
WAGs are out in force: Aaron Ramsdale’s partner Georgina Irwin is pictured and the partner of David brooks in the row behind her
All smiles: Family and friends of Wales’ Neco Williams in the stands during the FIFA World Cup Group B match
Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford’s wife Megan Davison was in the stands and was engrossed in her phone during the match
Goal! Three Lions fans hit back at their Welsh rivals after Rashford’s first wonder strike by singing ‘You’re going home in the morning’
Nice one! Moments later Phil Foden stabbed home the second to make it England 2, Wales 0
And another! Rashford struck again on the 68th to score England’s 100th goal at the World Cup finals, bringing the score to 3-0
He said the lack of trouble at the Qatar World Cup, which he believed was in large part due to alcohol being less available, was a sign that ministers should resist calls to ease restrictions on drinking in UK football grounds.
It comes as police in Tenerife said they would be launching a major security operation to prevent any possible violence during the England and Wales game.
Video footage emerged of a brawl outside bars on the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands on Friday evening, with people wearing England and Wales shirts involved.
UK police fear people prevented from travelling to Qatar for the World Cup may have been involved in the incident in Tenerife but added they have yet to confirm this.
Little one: Ria Hughes, the girlfriend of Daniel James of Wales is seen during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between Wales and England
On her phone: Ashleigh is famous for being the girlfriend of Leeds United and England star Kalvin Phillips
Showing their support: The stands were full of both Welsh and England supporters
Reaction: England fans celebrate their side’s second goal of the game at Box Park in Croydon – a famously rowdy spot for watching Three Lions games