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Published 04 December 2022 5 min read
England Men's Senior Team

England 3-0 Senegal - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 match report

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Ben Hart

  • J. Henderson (39′)
  • H. Kane (48′)
  • B. Saka (57′)
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16
Sunday 04 December, 07:00 PM Al Bayt Stadium
3 0
HT: 2 - 0
  • K. Koulibaly (76′)
England seal a place in the World Cup quarter-finals after seeing off the current African champions in Doha
05 Dec 2022 2:37

Highlights: England 3-0 Senegal

See the best of the action from Doha as the Three Lions knock out Senegal in the round of 16

 Gareth Southgate speaks to the media ahead of Sunday's World Cup game with Senegal
Gareth Southgate speaks to the media ahead of Sunday's World Cup game with Senegal

England v Senegal
FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022  
Round of 16
7pm GMT, Sunday 4 December 2022
Live on ITV
Al Bayt Stadium, Doha


Gareth Southgate has named his starting XI for England's last-16 match against Senegal at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Southgate has opted for the selection of Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka in the attacking positions alongside Harry Kane, with Marcus Rashford one of many talented players ready to come off the bench, after his impressive double against Wales.

Raheem Sterling, who has been a mainstay of England's starting XI in recent major tournaments, is unavailable because he is dealing with a family matter.

What Was Said

England manager Gareth Southgate insists his team will approach Sunday’s World Cup knockout game with Senegal with caution.

The Three Lions face the African champions in the round of 16 in Doha, with a place in the quarter-final at stake.

And having emerged from the group stage with two victories and a draw against the USA, Southgate and his staff have been preparing the players for their next test.

“Now, we've got a different challenge again - a team that are very confident, the African champions, so they come with that feel about them,” he said.

“They have different threats to the other teams that we've played and also, defensively a little bit different.

“We’re under no illusions that that's going to be a really difficult game.”

Looking back at last week’s victory over Wales, which secured their place in the round of 16, Southgate admits there are areas to improve on but was also pleased with their second-half display.

“I think we have reviewed it and, definitely, in the first half, we feel that we could've used the ball even better than we did,” he said.

“We had control of the game but we didn't really create as many chances as we'd have liked to. In the second half, once we got the first goal, the second one followed so quickly and the game changes completely.

“As always, there are things that we were really pleased with but also things that we can be even better at.”

With the exception of Ben White’s departure from the squad earlier in the week, the Three Lions boss has a full squad to choose from.

And given the options at his disposal, he says it will be a closely considered selection to take on Aliou Cisse’s side.

“We’ve got strength in depth Also, we felt that we weren't at our best in the USA game,” admitted Southgate.

“Whenever you're selecting a team, it's always complicated, you're always trying to get the right balance for your team, the right balance to exploit and deal with the opposition.

“You're talking about physical freshness, you're talking about form, you're talking about experience and youth. So there are a lot of those things that go into selecting a team.

“It's always something that takes time, there's a lot of discussion with the staff. But we've got to try and make the best decisions that we can.

“We've got players, whoever we start, to come into the game, that are playing well and confident. That's a good position to be in.”

Ahead of Sunday's game, Opta have provided some stats and facts

● 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.

● 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).

● 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.

● 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 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.

● 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 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.

● 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.

● Each of Senegal's last ten 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 World Cup edition.

● 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).

● 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.

Senegal in profile

Coach: Aliou Cisse
Qualified from: AFCON play-off v Egypt (1-1 agg, 3-1 on penalty shootout)  
Qualifying top scorer: Sadio Mane
FIFA World Cup best performance: Quarter-Final, 2002 FIFA World Cup
Last encounter: This will be the first game between England and Senegal at senior level

Form guide 

The 'Lions of Teranga' earned their place in the Round of 16 after finishing in second spot of Group A behind the Netherlands. During the group stage, they lost their first game to two late goals against the Dutch, before beating host nation Qatar by 3-1 in their second match. The secured their place in the knockout stages with a 2-1 win against Ecuador.

While Sadio Mane is the most recognisable name to be associated with Senegal after playing a starring role in their qualification, the former Liverpool and Southampton striker was ruled out of the World Cup through injury.

English fans will recognise Chelsea duo Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly, Idrissa Gueye of Everton, Spurs midfielder Pape Sarr, Watford's Ismailia Sarr and Sheffield United's Illian Ndiaye.

Unfortunately for Senegal, Gueye will miss Sunday's game due to suspension.

Head to head

This will be the first meeting at senior level between England and Senegal.

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Ticket Information

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How to watch or stream

This game will be shown live on ITV in the UK. 

Match Line Up

 Bukayo Saka celebrates yet another goal for England during this World Cup
Bukayo Saka celebrates yet another goal for England during this World Cup
England cruised into the last eight of the 2022 World Cup with a 3-0 win over spirited Senegal.

After a testing first half hour, Jordan Henderson’s strike changed the momentum of the tie and Harry Kane added a second before the break to give Gareth Southgate’s team breathing space.

Bukayo Saka then added a brilliant third on 57 minutes to make sure of victory and set up a mouth-watering quarter-final tie with reigning champions France on Saturday evening.

Southgate made just one change to the side that beat Wales 3-0, with Saka replacing Marcus Rashford, and his charges were met with an aggressive Senegalese press from the outset.

Their positivity led to the first nearly moment of the night when Boulaye Dia was slipped in and denied only by a last-ditch intervention from Harry Maguire.
It was England who registered the first shot on the night but it did little to trouble Édouard Mendy in the Senegal goal as John Stones' attempted effort from Phil Foden's corner struck his shoulder and sailed over.

Senegal refused to offer England a moment’s rest and carved out the game’s first genuine opening after picking up a loose ball down the England left.

Krépin Diatta’s cross found Dia, who’s volley was blocked by Stones’ knee and ricocheted into the path of Ismalia Sarr, who hooked the ball over from four yards out under the close attention of Jordan Pickford.

The Everton stopper was again England’s saviour just a few minutes when Sarr slipped in the lively Dia and his bounce shot produced a brilliant one-handed save from Pickford.

Then, on 38 minutes, the game turned as a neat flick from Foden on the left touchline gave Kane the time and space to bisect two Senegal defenders and find Jude Bellingham.

England’s new-boy hared into the box and on his weaker left foot picked out Henderson, who arrived late to sweep the ball past Chelsea’s Mendy.
 Jordan Henderson scored the opening goal against Senegal
Jordan Henderson scored the opening goal against Senegal
The half appeared to be meandering towards a conclusion until Bellingham, only the second teenager to start a World Cup knockout game for England, harried Pathé Ciss on the edge of the England box.

He motored upfield and shrugged off two challenges before setting Foden clear, and his first-time pass allowed Kane to pick his spot and powerfully fire past a helpless Mendy for his first goal of the 2022 World Cup. 

He very nearly had a second ten minutes after the restart but saw a dipping long-range effort gathered at the second attempt by Mendy.
 Harry Kane scored his first goal of this World Cup shortly before half-time
Harry Kane scored his first goal of this World Cup shortly before half-time
But the wait for England’s third was short-lived, with Saka lifting the ball delicately over Mendy after an excellent pick-out from Foden.

England navigated the closing half hour with ease, with Pickford largely a bystander as Southgate took the opportunity to give valuable minutes to a host of players who could yet play a crucial role in their World Cup campaign.

They return to the Al Bayt Stadium at the weekend to play the holders, who saw off Poland earlier on Sunday with a 3-1 victory.

Match Line Up

England (4-3-3): 1 Jordan Pickford (Everton); 2 Kyle Walker (Manchester City), 5 John Stones (Manchester City), 6 Harry Maguire (Manchester United), 3 Luke Shaw (Manchester United); 8 Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), 4 Declan Rice (West Ham United), 22 Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), 17 Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), 9 Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), 20 Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Substitutes: 7 Jack Grealish (Manchester City) for Saka 65’, 11 Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) for Foden 65’, 19 Mason Mount (Chelsea) for Bellingham 77’, 15 Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) for Stones 77’, 14 Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City) for Henderson 82’

Substitutes not used: 12 Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United), 13 Nick Pope (Newcastle United), 16 Conor Coady (Everton), 18 Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), 23 Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), 24 Callum Wilson (Newcastle United), 25 James Maddison (Leicester City), 26 Conor Gallagher (Chelsea)

Goals: Henderson 38’, Kane 45+3’, Saka 57’

Manager: Gareth Southgate

Senegal (4-2-3-1): 16 Édouard Mendy (Chelsea); 21 Youssouf Sabaly (Real Beatis), 3 Kalidou Koulibaly, 22 Abdou Diallo (RB Leipzig), 14 Ismail Jakobs (Monaco); 11 Pathé Ciss (Rayo Vallecano), 6 Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City); 15 Krépin Diatta (Monaco), 13 Iliman Ndiaye (Sheffield United), 18 Ismalia Sarr (Watford); 9 Boulaye Dia (Salernitana)

Substitutes: 26 Pape Gueye (Marseille) for Ciss 45’, 20 Bamba Dieng (Marseille) for Diatta 45’, 17 Pape Matar Sarr (Tottenham Hotspur) for Ndiaye 45’, 19 Famara Diédhiou (Alanyaspor) for Dia 72’, 12 Fodé Ballo-Touré (AC Milan) for Jakobs 84’

Substitutes not used: 1 Seny Dieng (Queens Park Rangers), 2 Formose Mendy (Amiens), 4 Pape Abou Cissé (Olympiacos), 7 Nicolas Jackson (Villarreal), 10 Moussa N’Diaye (Anderlecht), 23 Alfred Gomis (Rennes), 24 Moustapha Name (Pafos), 25 Mamadou Loum (Senegal)

Cautions: Koulibaly 76’

Aliou Cissé