Captain Harry Kane was pictured playing basketball in the pool as England enjoyed a day off


Doha downtime: Harry Kane, Jack Grealish and Declan Rice mess around in the pool as England stars enjoy a day off in the Qatari sunshine after securing a place in the World Cup quarter-finals against France

England stars are enjoying some downtime after securing their place in the World Cup quarter-finals by sealing a 3-0 victory over Qatar.

Gareth Southgate’s side have been pictured playing games in the pool and recovering before they begin preparations for their quarter-final clash with 2018 winners France on Saturday. 

Captain Harry Kane was playing basketball in the pool while Jack Grealish and Declan Rice were captured kicking a ball across the outdoor pool to each other.

Captain Harry Kane was pictured playing basketball in the pool as England enjoyed a day off

Captain Harry Kane was pictured playing basketball in the pool as England enjoyed a day off

Jack Grealish and Declan Rice were having a kick about around the outside pool in Doha

Jack Grealish and Declan Rice were having a kick about around the outside pool in Doha

Midfielder Rice (pictured) also went for a splash into the pool while playing some games

Midfielder Rice (pictured) also went for a splash into the pool while playing some games

Harry Maguire and Jude Bellingham were relaxing around the pool in the Doha sunshine while some of the squad took to the spin bikes to recover their muscles.

Luke Shaw, Bukayo Saka and Nick Pope were just a few of the players that opted to jump on the bikes on their recovery day.

The whole squad also stretched out on mats around the pool with some putting in some extra work indoors.

Harry Maguire and Jude Bellingham were relaxing in the sunshine around the pool at their base

Harry Maguire and Jude Bellingham were relaxing in the sunshine around the pool at their base

Luke Shaw, Bukayo Saka and Nick Pope took to the spin bikes in order to recover their muscles

Luke Shaw, Bukayo Saka and Nick Pope took to the spin bikes in order to recover their muscles

The Three Lions also enjoyed a stretch on mats to help them recover ahead of France clash

The Three Lions also enjoyed a stretch on mats to help them recover ahead of France clash

The Three Lions are expected to return to full training tomorrow as they begin to prepare to face their toughest test yet in France.

England entered the tournament among the favourites, and have shown little to suggest that they should not still be, scoring 12 goals in four games through eight different players.

They’ve also managed to keep three consecutive clean sheets, which bodes well, although France are firing on all cylinders especially their star man Kylian Mbappe. 

All eyes are now on Saturday as they bid to progress into the final four at the major tournament in Qatar. 

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