England have beaten Senegal 3-0 and will now face reigning champions France in the 2022 World Cup quarter-finals.
Jordan Henderson opened the scoring for England. Harry Kane got the second — and is now just one goal shy of equaling Wayne Rooney’s England record — with Bukayo Saka scoring the third.
England were without Raheem Sterling due to a “family matter”.
England eased into the World Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 win against Senegal and, not for the first time in Qatar, Jude Bellingham was the star.
The teenage midfielder set up Jordan Henderson’s opening goal after a brilliant run beyond the Senegal defence and played a key role in the second, scored by Harry Kane.
Bukayo Saka then made it 3-0 with nearly an hour gone and England were able to coast home from there.
After England’s win, Gareth Southgate looked ahead to their quarter-final matchup: “In terms of France, it’s the biggest test that we could face. They’re world champions, they have incredible depth of talent, outstanding individual players, they’re very difficult to play against and to score goals against.
“So it’s a fantastic challenge, a brilliant game for us to prepare for. There are two quarter-finals already in place that are fantastic historical football rivalries, great games from the past, a brilliant game for us to be involved with and test ourselves against the very best.
“Mbappe is of course a world class player. He has already delivered big moments in this tournament and in previous tournaments. Also Griezmann is now over 70 consecutive games for France, he’s also a phenomenal player. We know Olivier Giroud as well.
“They have outstanding young midfield players as well. We study France at every age group, they have incredible depth of talent in every position. It’s a huge test, we’re really looking forward to it. It’s a great challenge for our team now.”
England and France face off on Saturday at Al Bayt Stadium, where England played yesterday.
Source: The Athletic