England will take on Senegal for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals after the Three Lions topped their group in style.
Gareth Southgate’s side have scored nine goals so far and sealed top spot in Group B with an impressive 3-0 win over Wales on Tuesday.
The Three Lions were poor against USA but blew Iran and Wales away and will feel confident about playing Senegal.
The Lions of Teranga are without Sadio Mane but Kalidou Koulibaly and Ismaila Sarr are among the players who have stepped up and helped them seal back-to-back victories to make it into the knockout phase.
This won’t be an easy game but England will be confident they can make it through and continue their run to World Cup glory.
England v Senegal: talkSPORT coverage
This World Cup last 16 clash will take place on Sunday, December 4.
The game will be played at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor and will kick-off at 7pm.
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England v Senegal: Squads and team news
Ben White has gone home from the World Cup due to personal reasons and is not expected to return to the England camp.
Southgate has a fully fit squad to choose from otherwise after James Maddison and Kyle Walker recovered from their respective injuries.
But he must decide whether to play Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden or bring Bukayo Saka or Raheem Sterling back in.
Jordan Henderson will also hope to keep his place in the team after performing well against Wales.
The Lions of Teranga don’t have any injury concerns but will be without Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye due to suspension.
- 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
- Forwards: 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, Fode Ballo-Toure, Pape Abou Cisse, 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
- Forwards: Ismaila Sarr, Boulaye Dia, Bamba Dieng, Famara Diedhiou, Nicolas Jackson, Iliman Ndiaye
England v Senegal: What has been said?
Southgate has warned England will face a very dangerous team in Senegal with the ‘big business’ starting now.
“They’ll be tough,” Southgate told talkSPORT. “I saw them play Iran in Vienna back in September.
“They’re very well organised, they’ve got a lot of good individual players, a lot of them playing in the big European leagues.
“The expectations now will rise, which is brilliant because we’ll have given everyone a great night at home which we want so we’ve got to handle that.”
Southgate added: “From now, from when we get the coach to go home, we’ll be studying the games to prepare for the game.
“We obviously know quite a few of the individuals, some big players playing in big leagues in Europe, some playing in England.
“We know that on the rankings we’ll be the favourites. We’ve got to deal with that. But we play a very dangerous team.”
England v Senegal: Match facts
- Marcus Rashford was England’s top scorer in the group stages, netting three goals in just 107 minutes of action (one every 36 minutes). He could be the first Manchester United player to score four goals at a major tournament for the Three Lions.
- Harry Kane provided three assists in the group stages, the first England player to provide as many in a single World Cup tournament since David Beckham in 2002. No Englishman has ever provided four on record in a single edition of a major tournament before (EURO and World Cup, since 1966).
- Each of Senegal’s last 10 goals at the World Cup have been scored by different players (including own goals). Their five different scorers at this tournament is the most they’ve had in a single edition.
- Since beating France 1-0 in their first ever World Cup match in 2002, Senegal have conceded at least once in each of their last 10 games in the competition.
- England have scored nine goals in their three games at the 2022 World Cup so far – only in 2018 (12) and 1966 (11) have they scored more in a single edition of the tournament.
- Senegal have reached the knockout stages of the World Cup for the second time, previously doing so in their first appearance in 2002 (quarter-final). Courtesy of beating Qatar and Ecuador in the group stages, Senegal have won consecutive World Cup matches for the first time.
- England are looking to reach the quarter-final in consecutive editions of the World Cup for the first time since 2002/2006 – the Three Lions have been eliminated from just two of their seven round of 16 ties at the tournament, doing so against Germany in 2010 (1-4) and via penalty shootout against Argentina in 1998.
- African nations have lost eight of their nine World Cup knockout round games against European sides, with the exception being Senegal’s 2-1 win over Sweden in the round of 16 in 2002. However, in all competitions, England have never lost against an African side in their history (W14 D6).
- England have never lost in seven previous World Cup matches against African opposition (W4 D3); their only previous such game in the knockout stages came against Cameroon in the 1990 quarter-final, winning 3-2 after extra-time, with their goals coming from David Platt and two Gary Lineker penalties.
- Senegal have alternated between winning (3) and not winning (D1 L2) in their six World Cup meetings with European opponents, losing 2-0 against Netherlands in their most recent game (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 match against a nation has come in the World Cup; the Three Lions lost just one of the previous 12 such instances (W7 D4), a 0-1 defeat to USA in 1950.
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