FIFA World Cup: England beat Senegal 3-0 to enter World Cup quarter-finals

Captain Harry Kane scored his first goal at this year’s World Cup as England beat Senegal 3-0 on Sunday to set up a quarter-final clash with France. Kane scored his 52nd goal for England, one goal behind Wayne Rooney’s record for most goals for the country. He also surpassed Gary Lineker as his country’s top scorer in major tournaments with 11 goals.

Jordan Henderson and Bukayo Saka also scored for England at the Al Bayt Stadium. Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden also played an important role in these goals. England, who reached the semi-finals of the last World Cup in Russia, will now face defending champions France at the same Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday. Kane said, “We enjoyed the match but obviously our focus is on the next match. It is going to be a tough competition. They are the defending champions but it will be a good match.” The encounter between England and France will see the likes of tournament top scorer Kylian Mbappe and Bellingham in action.

Mbappe has scored a total of five goals in the world this year, including two goals in France’s 3-1 win against Poland in the pre-quarterfinals. Bellingham scored the only goal of the current World Cup in the 6-2 win against Iran in the opening match, but he has also played key roles in other players’ goals. Bellingham passed a cross to Henderson in the 38th minute, who headed it home. Earlier, Senegal had created more chances to score but to no avail.

Ismaila Saar’s shot from close range went over the top of the goal post while Bolaye Diya’s brilliant effort was brought down by England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. After assisting Henderson’s goal, Bellingham made a brilliant move to take possession of the ball from the England half in first-half injury time.

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He took the ball deep into Senegal’s half and then passed it to Foden who passed it to Kane and the England captain doubled his side’s lead. For 1966 World Cup champions England, Saka then scored another goal in the 57th minute off Foden’s cross to seal a 3–0 win for the side.

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