England vs Senegal Match Report by Charlie Semple
Senegal Swept Aside
Captain Harry Kane fires England into the quarter finals of the World Cup as he moves only one goal away from being England’s top goal scorer.
Young superstar, Jude Bellingham controlled the midfield today, both setting up devastating counterattacks and preventing Senegal from posing any threat to Jordan Pickford’s goal.
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson opened the scoring for the Three Lions in the 38th minute with the first shot on target in the match after a dull first half an hour. The goal came from a swift counterattack with some classy linkup play between youngsters Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham, leading to a confidently placed shot from the experienced midfielder.
This makes Bellingham the youngest player to assist for England in the World Cup since their winning tournament run in 1966.
After the game, pundits Roy Keane and Gary Neville said: Keane: “The kid has everything.” Neville labelled him as a “unique talent”.
Foden said: “He [Bellingham] is one of the most gifted players I have ever seen.” When asked about transferring his club form to his country he said: “This was probably the best game I’ve played for England.”
England sparked into life towards the end of the first half as teenager Bellingham passionately carried his team into Senegal’s third. He played through Foden, who slipped in Kane and he smashed it past Edouard Mendy, making it 2-0 just before the half time whistle. This is Kane’s first goal of the tournament, and he picked up the man of the match award after the final whistle.
In the second half, England carried on their scintillating form as Foden nutmegged the Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly with a cross to Bukayo Saka who dinked the ball past Mendy first time to make it 3-0.
Substitute Marcus Rashford made his 50th appearance for the Three Lions today and he posed a threat to the Senegalese defence, coming close to forcing the ball home late on, looking for his fourth goal of the tournament.
This victory for England means that this is the first time in their history that they have won the first knockout game in three consecutive tournaments (2018 World Cup, 2020 Euros, 2022 World Cup).