England defeated the African side in the home nation’s latest fixture in the competition
England’s impressive World Cup campaign has continued in fine fashion after they beat Senegal 3-0 to set up a mouth-watering quarter final showdown with France, leaving fans daring to dream of World Cup glory.
The Three Lions have been in top form at the Qatar World Cup so far, having dispatched Iran and Wales comfortably in the group stage, by scores of 6-2 and 3-0 respectively, with the only blip coming in the form of a 0-0 draw with the USA. After last night’s result, England are now top scorers in this year’s competition.
Gareth Southgate’s side finished top of their group and took on reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions Senegal in their first knock-out fixture on Sunday night. There were a few whispers of nerves amongst the England fans in the run-up to the fixture against Senegal, who beat host nation Qatar, as well as Ecuador, in their group.
The African side were without their star man and former Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, who was ruled out of the World Cup due to injury, before a ball was even kicked. Fans across England huddled around TVs and grasped their drinks as captain Harry Kane, Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Bukayo Saka, all found the back of the net.
The Three Lions had to sustain some pressure during the opening half-an-hour, before Henderson latched onto a ball from youngster Jude Bellingham to calm the nation’s nerves.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane then doubled the score in the final seconds of the first half with his first goal of the tournament, before Bukayo Saka added gloss to the result during the second half.
England will now have almost a full week to rest before facing France in the quarter finals on Saturday, December 10, knowing only three more victories are needed to lift their first World Cup trophy since 1966.
Many are billing the upcoming match to be a real test for England, as they face a side who are fancied amongst the favourites to win the whole competition.
France swept Australia and Denmark aside in the group stages, and only narrowly lost to Tunisia while fielding a heavy rotated squad, before downing Poland 3-1 in the knock-outs.
Viewers at home will have a choice of channels to watch England take on France, with coverage starting on BBC One from 6:15pm and on ITV1 from 6pm.