The Three Lions topped Group B by collecting seven points from three games, while Senegal finished second in Group A, with six points to their name.
Aiming for a place in the quarter-finals of Qatar World Cup, England and Senegal will go head-to-head in a Round of 16 fixture at Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday. The Three Lions topped Group B by collecting seven points from three games, while Senegal finished second in Group A, with six points to their name. England along with Netherlands, are the only two teams not to have lost a match in the group stage of 2022 World Cup. Gareth Southgate’s side are heading into the match on the back of a dominant 3-0 win over Wales in their final group-fixture on Tuesday, while Senegal got the better of Ecuador 2-1, on the same day.
All 25 #ThreeLions players are taking part in our final training session before the last-16 tie against Senegal.@HKane will join Gareth Southgate for our pre-match media conference later today. pic.twitter.com/VrNuMfhKc5
— England (@England) December 3, 2022
Wales managed to hold England to a goalless draw for 45 minutes. However, after the break, the Three Lions came out all guns blazing and found the back of the net three times courtesy of a brace from Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden’s lone goal. Meanwhile, England began their campaign with a ruthless 6-2 victory over Iran last week, before being held to a goalless draw by USA in their second matchday. Southgate’s side had reached the semi-finals four years ago in Russia and would be hoping to go one step further and possibly lift the trophy for the first time since 1966. .
Senegal, on the other hand, were unlucky in 2018, as they became the first team to get eliminated from the group stage, on the basis of fair play. However, this time around, the Lions of Teranaga won two of their three group matches to pocket six points and progress to the knockouts as runner ups from Group A. After starting off their campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Netherlands, Aliou cisse’s side thrashed Qatar 3-1 before edging past Ecuador 2-1. The African champions came out with a very professional game plan to get the better of a well-drilled La Tri side. Ismail Sarr’s opener from the penalty spot was canceled out by Moises Caicedo, before Kalidou Koulibaly restored Senegal’s lead and ensured qualification to the last-16.
England midfielders Kalvin Phillips and James Maddison lack match-fitness, while the rest of the squad is fit and ready to go. Rashford, who netted a brace against the Dragons, is expected to join captain Harry Kane and youngster Phil Foden up front. Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson might sit in front of the back-four, with Jude Bellingham occupying a slightly advanced role in the midfield. As for Senegal, captain Koulibaly, who had a brilliant outing in a crucial match against Ecuador, will marshall the back-four. Ismail Sarr has been brilliant for Lions of Teranga down the left flank and it will be interesting to see how England right-back Kyle Walker deals with the Watford-man. Meanwhile, midfielder Idrissa Gueye is unlikely to be available for Sunday’s game because of suspension, while Cheikhou Kouyate is sidelined with an ankle injury.
England probable starting lineup: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Rice, Henderson, Bellingham, Rashford, Kane, Foden
Senegal probable starting lineup: E. Mendy, Sabaly, Koulibaly, Diallo, Jakobs, P. Gueye, N. Mendy, Ciss, Ndiaye, Dia, Sarr
The FIFA World Cup match between England and Senegal will take place at Al Bayt Stadium on Monday at 12:30 am IST.
|England vs Senegal||Key Details|
|Venue||Al Bayt Stadium|
|Kickoff time in India||12:30 am (Monday)|
|Kickoff time in England||7:00 pm (Sunday)|
|Kickoff time in Senegal||7:00 pm (Sunday)|
|Kickoff time in Qatar||10:00 pm (Sunday)|
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar can be seen on Sports18 – 1 SD & HD – in India. Sports 18 will be telecasting the games on the regular and HD Channels. Besides, Viacom18 Sports announced that Jio Cinema will live-stream all the World Cup games. Besides, the match between England and Senegal can be seen on BBC Radio 5 Live, STK Player, ITV 1 UK, UTV, ITVX, STV Scotland and TalkSport Radio UK in the United Kingdom; and Super Sport network in Senegal.