England breezed over Senegal with a 3-0 victory in the round of 16, setting up a crucial World Cup quarterfinal matchup with the reigning champions France.
At the Al Bayt Stadium, England picked up steam after a slow start when Jude Bellingham skillfully set up Jordan Henderson for the game’s first goal in the 39th minute.
Just before halftime, Bellingham led a brilliant England counterattack, which Harry Kane (45+3) finished off to score his first goal of the competition, making things even better for Gareth Southgate’s team. After the break, Bukayo Saka (57), who had been recalled to the starting lineup, extended England’s push into the round of eight with a superb finish from Phil Foden’s pass.
In order to keep his team fresh for what lies ahead, Southgate made a number of substitutes, which resulted to a relatively comfortable finish for England.
It sets up a tantalising matchup with France in the round of eight on Saturday (kickoff 7pm), who were motivated by a brilliant performance from Kylian Mbappe in their 3-1 triumph over Poland.
According to Southgate, his team will significantly improve for the match against the World Cup champions.