England 3-0 Senegal: England advances to face France in the World Cup 2022 quarterfinals

Next Saturday, goals from Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, and Bukayo Saka will set up a quarterfinal clash with the world champs.

The three goals scored by Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, and Bukayo Saka against Senegal at Al Khor paved the way for England to meet France in the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.

The Three Lions escaped a couple of scares with the score at 0-0, but once Henderson finished off a well-worked move to open the scoring, there was only ever going to be one conclusion, with England scoring three times in the 20 minutes either side of halftime.

It was an impressively polished performance from Gareth Southgate’s side ahead of next weekend’s matchup with the defending champions, who defeated Poland 3-1 earlier in the day, with Olivier Giroud surpassing Thierry Henry as France’s all-time leading scorer with 52 goals before Kylian Mbappe overshadowed his achievement with two superbly taken goals late in the match.

The contest between Mbappe and Kyle Walker is likely to be pivotal in this match.

Due to a “family problem,” Raheem Sterling was a noticeable missing from England’s starting lineup. Despite his absence, England was able to accomplish their objective. Since then, it has been alleged that his family home was burglarized while his spouse and small children were inside.

The Chelsea attacker has been a mainstay in Southgate’s team over the previous few tournaments, but in his absence Phil Foden and Saka were picked to play on the wings, while Marcus Rashford, who scored twice against Wales, was left out.

Although England were unable to convert their early possession into scoring opportunities, Edouard Mendy was twice enticed off his goal line by Jude Bellingham and Kane’s tempting crosses over his six-yard box. Senegal gradually surged into the game, and Alious Cisse’s squad began creating the better opportunities.

Harry Maguire’s misdirected ball was intercepted by Krepin Diatta, whose cross was met by Boulaye Dia, whose shot was blocked by John Stones, but the rebound fell to Ismaila Sarr, who blasted a shot over the crossbar from yards out. Not long after, Sarr threaded a pass into Dia’s path, and Dia’s strike across the goal for the first time forced Jordan Pickford into action.

However, those near-misses galvanized England, which seized the lead six minutes before halftime. Kane, who wore England’s No. 9 shirt but was the No. 10 in practice, dropped deep, spun, and sent Bellingham racing forward. Bellingham had the presence of mind to find Henderson, who calmly scored his third international goal to put England in top.

Bellingham’s running without the ball was crucial to the first goal, and his running with the ball was crucial to the second. The 19-year-old charged into the middle of the field, leaving green-shirted Senegalese opponents in his wake, before releasing Phil Foden, who passed the ball to Harry Kane, who scored his first goal of the tournament.

Jude Bellingham

This was Kane’s eleventh goal in a major international competition, the most ever scored by an Englishman.

The Three Lions continued where they left off after the restart with Saka making it three before the hour mark with a wonderfully confident dinked finish after being picked out by Foden following a scampering move down the left. That goal was England’s 12th in the campaign, equal their overall tally from Russia four years ago in three less games. England scored eleven goals at the 2006, 2010, and 2014 World Cups combined.

Historically, tournament aspirations have been focused on a maximum of one talented prospect. With Bellingham (19), Foden (22) and Saka (21), England has at least a decade’s worth of building material for the foreseeable future. Regardless of Saturday’s conclusion, the future appears extremely bright.

As was the case in the matches against Iran and Wales, Southgate felt secure enough to make substitutions after establishing a three-goal lead; the beauty of this group is that there is a tiny decline in quality from Saka and Foden to Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish. A few years ago, it would have been inconceivable for England to easily play out the closing 15 minutes or so of a World Cup quarterfinal encounter with a significantly reduced speed.

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