England will face Senegal this weekend for a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup after the Three Lions topped their group in style.
Gareth Southgate’s side have scored nine goals so far and secured top spot in Group B with an impressive 3-0 victory over Wales on Tuesday.
The Three Lions were mediocre against the United States but blew away Iran and Wales and will feel confident against Senegal.
The Teranga Lions are without Sadio Mane but Kalidou Koulibaly and Ismaila Sarr are among the players who have stepped up and helped them win back-to-back wins to qualify for the knockout stage.
It won’t be an easy game, but England will be confident they can pull through and continue their run to World Cup glory.
England v Senegal: talkSPORT coverage
This clash of the knockout stages of the World Cup will take place on Sunday, December 4.
The match will be played at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor and will kick off at 7 p.m.
Our pre-game show will start at five o’clock with Adrian Durham as presenter.
Comments will then come from Jim Proudfoot and former England defender Stuart Pearce.
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England v Senegal: Squad rosters and news
Ben White has returned from the World Cup for personal reasons and is not expected to return to the English camp.
Southgate have an otherwise in-form squad to choose from after James Maddison and Kyle Walker recovered from their respective injuries.
But he has to decide whether to play Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden or bring back Bukayo Saka or Raheem Sterling.
Jordan Henderson is also hoping to keep his place in the squad after performing well against Wales.
The Teranga Lions will be without Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye through suspension and Cheikhou Kouyate has not trained since sustaining an ankle injury against the Netherlands.
- Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale
- Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker Ben White
- Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Conor Gallagher
- Attackers: Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson, James Maddison
- Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Alfred Mendy, Seny Dieng
- Defenders: Youssouf Sabaly, Abdou Diallo, Kalidou Koulibaly, Fodé Ballo-Touré, Pape Abou Cissé, Ismail Jakobs, Formose Mendy
- Midfielders: Idrissa Gana Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Nampalys Mendy, Krepin Diatta, Pape Gueye, Pape Matar Sarr, Pathe Ciss, Moustapha Name, Loum Ndiaye
- Attackers: Ismaila Sarr, Boulaye Dia, Bamba Dieng, Famara Diedhiou, Nicolas Jackson, Iliman Ndiaye
England v Senegal: what was said?
Southgate have warned that England will face a very dangerous side in Senegal with the ‘big business’ starting now.
“They will be tough,” Southgate told talkSPORT. “I saw them play against Iran in Vienna in September.
“They are very well organised, they have a lot of good individual players, many of whom play in the big European leagues.
“Expectations will now increase which is great because we will have given everyone a good night at home, which is what we want, so we have to deal with that.”
Southgate added: “From now on, from when we get the manager home, we will study the games to prepare for the game.
“Obviously we know quite a few individuals, some great players playing in major leagues in Europe, some playing in England.
“We know that in the standings we will be the favourites. We have to take care of it. But we face a very dangerous team.
England v Senegal: The facts of the match
- Marcus Rashford was England’s top scorer in the group stage, scoring three goals in just 107 minutes of action (one every 36 minutes). He could be the first Manchester United player to score four goals in a major tournament for the Three Lions.
- Harry Kane has provided three assists in the group stage, the first England player to provide so many in a single World Cup tournament since David Beckham in 2002. No Englishman has ever provided four records in a single edition of a major tournament before (EURO and World Cup, since 1966).
- Each of Senegal’s last 10 World Cup goals has been scored by different players (including own goals). Their five different goalscorers in this tournament are the most they have had in a single edition.
- Since beating France 1-0 in their first-ever World Cup game in 2002, Senegal have conceded at least one goal in each of their last 10 matches in the competition.
- England have scored nine goals in their three 2022 World Cup matches so far – only in 2018 (12) and 1966 (11) have they scored more in a single edition of the tournament.
- Senegal reached the round of 16 of the World Cup for the second time, in their first appearance in 2002 (quarter-final). Thanks to their victory over Qatar and Ecuador in the group stage, Senegal won back-to-back World Cup matches for the first time.
- England are seeking to reach the quarter-finals at back-to-back World Cups for the first time since 2002/2006 – the Three Lions have been knocked out of just two of their seven round of 16 matches against Germany in 2010 (1-4) and on penalties against Argentina in 1998.
- African nations have lost eight of their nine World Cup knockout matches against European sides, with the exception of Senegal’s 2-1 victory over Sweden in the Round of 16 in 2002. However, in all competitions, England have never lost against an African team. in their history (W14 D6).
- England have never lost in seven previous World Cup matches against African opponents (W4 D3); their only previous such game in the round of 16 was against Cameroon in the 1990 quarter-finals, winning 3-2 after extra time, with their goals from David Platt and two penalties from Gary Lineker.
- Senegal have alternated victory (3) and non-victory (D1 L2) in their six World Cup meetings with European opponents, losing 2-0 to the Netherlands in their last match (MD1 of this tournament).
- This will be the first-ever senior international between England and Senegal. It will be the 13th time that England’s first-ever game against a nation has taken place in the World Cup; the Three Lions have lost just one of the last 12 such cases (W7 D4), a 0-1 loss to the United States in 1950.
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