Four things you may have missed from England’s World Cup win against Senegal
It could have all been very different had the Lions of Teranga not been denied by a fine stop from Jordan Pickford as the Everton goalkeeper got a big hand on a powerful effort from Boulaye Die on the half-hour mark. That save was rewarded seven minutes later when midfield duo Jude Bellingham and Jordan Henderson combined for the latter to stroke the Three Lions ahead from close range. The lead was doubled just before half-time as Harry Kane broke clear of the Senegal defence and crashed home his first goal of the tournament.
Gareth Southgate’s men always looked in control in the second-half and they extended their lead just before the hour-mark when Bukayo Saka rounded off an incisive move with a neat finish beyond Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. All focus now turns towards Saturday evening’s date with the reigning World champions - but for now, here are some of the moments from the win over Senegal which you might not have seen on television.
England fans singing please don’t take me home
The result after 90 minutes reflected England’s dominance and they deserved it for a brilliantly controlled performance - but the first 30 minutes suggested it was going to be a tight encounter.
Senegal were on the front foot and striker Dia had a couple of chances that you’d have expected Sadio Mane to finish had an injury not ended his tournament before it even got underway. The atmosphere was tense but the English fans roared into the familiar chant of ‘Please don’t take home’ as they feared their side might be up against a sticky situation.
Henderson and co responded to put the game to bed and ensure the fans did not have to go home. In truth it was a routine end to the game after the first goal with Senegal unable to match the quality on display from the Three Lions.
Henderson and Bellingham’s growing bromance
One of the best scenes of the game was seeing Jude Bellingham set up Jordan Henderson for the first goal. The celebration was one to remember as they embraced each other before their team-mates joined in moments later.
Liverpool midfielder Henderson urged the crowd to get behind Bellingham before the youngster then turned to point to the crowd calling on them to get behind Henderson. Liverpool fans seem to think that a good relationship between them could tilt the youngster towards Anfield in the summer as speculation over his future at Borussia Dortmund continues to dominate the headlines.
Senegal fans continue singing even after crashing out
The World Cup is a massive party for everyone and Senegal fans made sure they enjoyed every minute of it. They were dressed in their colourful regalia and armed with their drums, they just never stopped singing throughout the game and they continued even after the full-time whistle.
Their team had their chances and made things quite difficult for England before the Three Lions pounced to get the goals and finish off the Senegalese - but even that could not dampen the spirits of the Senegal supporters, who have been a credit to their country throughout the tournament.
Eric Dier exchanges shirts with Spurs youngster
Tottenham youngster Pape Matar Sarr was introduced in the second-half to try and turn the tide for Senegal and even though he did well, he just could not help his team get back into the game. However, it was nice to see him exchange shirts with fellow Spurs defender Eric Dier after the final whistle. Tottenham fans will be delighted to see their youngster playing at this level and just the fact that they were exchanging jerseys too.