The Three Lions marked their return to action a short time ago.
Fresh off a solid if at times unspectacular group stage showing, Gareth Southgate’s troops were tasked with a meeting with AFCON holders Senegal in their bid to book a quarter-final berth.
And, as alluded to above, when all was said and done, march on to the final eight on world football’s grandest stage is precisely what England went on to do.
After struggling to get into gear from the off at the Al Bayt Stadium, the Three Lions faithful were finally afforded a reason to celebrate with 38 minutes on the clock.
This came upon the electric Jude Bellingham rolling across the face of foal for Jordan Henderson to slot into the far corner, fully justifying his inclusion in Southgate’s starting XI in the process:
Then, before Senegal even had the chance to regather, it was two.
On this occasion, Harry Kane was the scorer, capitalising on some altogether naive defending to latch onto Phil Foden’s through ball, and slot confidently beyond Edouard Mendy for his long-awaited first goal of the Qatar World Cup:
And England only continued to pile misery on their African opponents from here, as the clash was all but ended as a contest early in the 2nd-half of play.
Foden, once again, acted as provider, in delivering a typically pinpoint cross for Bukayo Saka to round out the evening’s scoring in style:
England, in turn, have booked a daunting World Cup quarter-final showdown with champions France, fresh off a Kylian Mbappe-inspired victory over Poland earlier in the day.
- Jordan Pickford - 6
- Kyle Walker - 5.5
- John Stones - 6
- Harry Maguire - 5.5
- Luke Shaw - 6
- Declan Rice - 6.5
- Jordan Henderson - 8.5
- Jude Bellingham - 8
- Bukayo Saka - 7
- Phil Foden - 8
- Harry Kane - 7.5
Substitutes: Jack Grealish - 6, Marcus Rashford - 5.5, Mason Mount - N/A, Eric Dier - N/A, Kalvin Phillips - N/A
- Edouard Mendy - 3.5
- Youssouf Sabaly - 5.5
- Kalidou Koulibaly - 5
- Abdou Diallo - 4.5
- Ismail Jakobs - 5
- Pathe Ciss - 4
- Nampalys Mendy - 4.5
- Krepin Diatta - 4.5
- Ismaila Sarr - 5.5
- Iliman Ndiaye - 5
- Boulaye Dia - 5
Substitutes: Pape Matar Sarr - 5, Bamba Dieng - 5, Pape Alassane Gueye - 4.5, Famara Diedhiou - N/A, Fode Toure - N/A