England confirmed top spot in Group B of the World Cup on Tuesday night after blitzing past Wales 3-0 with a second-half salvo. Gareth Southgate won’t have much time to celebrate England’s table-topping exploits in Qatar as attention quickly shifts to Sunday’s match-up against the current African champions, Senegal.
The Three Lions produced two emphatic displays against Iran and Wales, winning those two contests with an aggregate scoreline of 9-2, but there remains concerns about their rather timid and pedestrian display against the USA on matchday two. The injection of Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden bred new life and vitality into the side against Wales, and Southgate will be hoping to carry that momentum into the knockouts.
For Senegal, they have reached the knockouts of a World Cup for only the second time in their history. When the Lions of Teranga made the quarter-finals in 2002, Aliou Cisse was the nation’s captain; two decades on, the former PSG and Birmingham player is now the manager, furthering his legacy for the West African nation. They came through a stern examination from Ecuador on Tuesday to maintain their stay in Qatar.
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England vs Senegal match stats
Marcus Rashford’s brace against Wales added to his strike against Iran, which currently places the Manchester United sharp-shooter as joint-first in the race for the World Cup’s Golden Boot. Harry Kane won the 2018 edition with six strikes, which places him second in England’s all-time scoring charts for the World Cup. Yet to open his account in Qatar, the Tottenham forward will be desperate to break his 2022 duck against Senegal and build some scoring momentum for the knockouts.
Without Sadio Mane, Senegal have sought attacking inspiration elsewhere, and in Youssouf Sabaly, the nation have one of the tournament’s best creators so far. The Betis man has created seven chances for his teammates in Qatar, which places him behind only Mehdi Taremi, Antoine Griezmann and Theo Hernandez in the playmaker charts (all on nine chances created).