|Bukayo Saka celebrates with Phil Foden after the two combined to round of scoring against Senegal on Sunday. England won 3-0. (Photo credit: GOAL)|
England pulled off a masterclass on Sunday night to send Senegal packing from the tournament and they didn’t even have to hit third gear to achieve this.
Gareth Southgate restored Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka to the starting line up but Phil Foden was retained from the 3-0 win over Wales with Raheem Sterling missing out due to personal reasons; we’d later find out that the former Manchester City forward had his home burgled over the weekend.
Jordan Henderson also got the nod to start in midfield alongside the highly impressive Jude Bellingham and Kyle Walker relegated Kieran Trippier to the bench. England started brightly and limited Senegal to defensive duties.
The Teranga Lions didn’t come to make up numbers, they tried to launch counter attacks and Walker had to stay alert as Ismaila Sarr threatened repeatedly. Henderson broke the deadlock with seven minutes remaining on the clock.
Bellingham gave the telling pass and the Liverpool captain made no mistake from close range to stab the ball home. Senegal went for it and it proved costly as Harry Kane got on the score sheet for the first time since the tournament started via same channel.
Three minutes before the hour mark, Saka found the back of the net for the third time in the tournament off a fine pass from Foden and that was enough for England to move to the next stage where they will meet France.
France had earlier booked a place in the quarter finals after beating Poland 3-1.