England through To World Cup quarter-finals
Written by Jack Scudder on 6th December 2022
England are through to the next round of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
Gareth Southgate’s men have just beaten Senegal in their last fixture of the group stages.
It was a slow start to England’s round of 16 fixture where they took on Senegal.
Jordan Henderson opened the scoring 38 minutes into the game, after Kane drops deep and released the ball for him to slot it into the back of the net.
The first half was almost over, but in extra time Harry Kane doubled the lead after a lovely set piece from the England squad.
Bellingham latched a loose ball and sparked an England counter attack on Senegal before feeding Foden who immediately passed it to an unmarked Kane, who scores his first goal of the tournament.
England make it three just over 10 minutes into the second half after Foden charges onto Kane’s lost ball and takes it down the left wing, before firing it across the face of the goal where Saka is waiting to slot it into the net.
Senegal showed a real fight throughout the game but the England defence showed no sign of letting them through.
Rashford almost got a fourth for England into the final minutes of the game but he was met with a strong Senegal defence.
Ivan Barton blew his whistle for the final time and England’s round of 16 match against Senegal was over.
It has not all been plain sailing for the England squad.
England opened their campaign against Iran on November 21 where they came away with a 6-2 win.
Bellingham got his first goal for England, before Saka and Sterling added to the tally, taking them well out of sight at half-time.
The hour mark passed and Saka got his second goal of the match before Terami pulled one back for Iran who were under threat from a strong England side.
England injected some more energy after making several changes in the 71st minute, bringing Rashford, Dier, Grealish and Foden onto the pitch.
With seconds to spare, Grealish gets the sixth and final goal in for England after Callum Wilson unselfishly chose to square the ball to him for a simple tap into the back of the net.
The three lions took an early lead in Group B by putting three points on the board and they faced the USA in their next game that following Friday. Iran dropped to the bottom of the table.
The game against the USA was not as exciting as the first.
After the first game against Iran, fans expected it to be another feast of goals, however the two teams played the fifth goalless draw of the World Cup.
The Americans worried Southgate’s England squad in the first hour but after the first half they managed to quieten things down and gather some much needed control.
Putting the result behind them, England’s focus moved onto the crucial last game of the group stages to secure their place in the knockouts.
Putting on a comprehensive performance, England stroll through the group stages after their final game against the neighbouring Wales.
After a slow first half, Marcus Rashford took England into the lead after scoring an absolute beauty, from a 20-yard free kick from the left side of the area.
Just seconds after Wales got the game back underway, their sluggish defence let Kane get the ball across the six-yard box for Foden to slot it into an unguarded net.
The pace of the game slowed down slightly so Southgate made a couple of changes to his side, but Rashford who stayed on struck again to score the England’s 100th World Cup finals goal.
Southgate and his men now turn to the quarter-finals, where they will take on France.