England meet Senegal for the first time as the two teams compete for a place in the quarter-finals.
England and Senegal meet for the first time competing for a place in the quarter-finals in Qatar as both teams continue their quest for trophies.
In 2018, the Three Lions suffered an embarrassing loss to Croatia in the semi-finals, a feat Gareth Southgate would look to improve on when his team enter the knockout stage.
The Three Lions made a stunning start to their World Cup campaign by sidelining Iran in their opening match. But a goalless draw against the USA raised some eyebrows over England’s attacking intent before those speculations were dashed in a 3-0 thrashing of Wales.
Now Gareth Southgate would once again want his forward battery to fire when they met the African side. The Three Lions have not lost a competitive game against an African team in their last 20 meetings and would once again be favorites for this round of 16 match.
With Southgate and company. Carrying the hopes of a billion British fans, the mix of youth and experience could be why England are favorites for the fixture.
The reigning African champions are not to be taken as light opposition by their European counterparts. Despite losing their opening match to the Netherlands, Senegal overcame Qatar and Ecuador in their next matches to secure a ticket to the round of 16.
And while they are without their talismanic striker Sadio Mane, the Lions of Teranga have shown resilience and strength in Qatar.
In previous knockout matches between African and European teams, the latter have almost emerged victorious every time, with the lone exception being a win for Senegal against Sweden. Cissé and Senegal would like to repeat the past and deliver another surprise in the Middle East.
England vs Senegal confirmed lineups
England XI (4-3-3): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Henderson, Rice, Bellingham; Saka, Kane, Foden
Senegal XI (4-2-3-1): E. Mendy; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Diallo, Jakobs; N. Mendy, Ciss; Diatta, Ndiaye, I. Sarr; diameter
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The winner of this round of 16 match will face France in the quarterfinals in Qatar.