Free-scoring With a 3-0 victory over Senegal on Sunday, which included captain Harry Kane’s first World Cup goal, England extended their unbeaten streak against African teams and advanced to a quarterfinal matchup with holders France.
In their first-ever meeting, Senegal’s quick forwards had initially given England the runaround. Only a superb one-handed save by Jordan Pickford prevented Boulaye Dia from shocking England by taking the lead.
However, in the 38th minute, Jordan Henderson calmed England’s nerves by stroking the ball home after being played in by Jude Bellingham at the end of a beautiful passing play.
With the final kick of the first half, Kane sent a fierce shot past Edouard Mendy, moving him one goal behind Wayne Rooney’s record of 53 goals for England.
Following a cross from Phil Foden in the 57th minute, nimble winger Bukayo Saka scored the third with a deft chip over Mendy.
The 12 goals that England has scored so far in Qatar match their previous World Cup record set in Russia 2018 when they advanced to the semifinals. In winning the world championship in 1966, they scored 11.
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