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England reach World Cup quarter-finals, beat Senegal 3-0 – The Denver Post

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By James Robson

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — England captain Harry Kane scored his first goal of this year’s World Cup, helping his side beat Senegal 3-0 on Sunday and setting up a game against France in the quarter-finals.

Kane scored for the 52nd time to bring his country close to one of Wayne Rooney’s England records. He also overtook Gary Lineker as his country’s top scorer in major tournaments with 11 goals.

“The ball sat down well and the connection was perfect,” Kane said. “I had one just before that I should have done better with, so it was nice to see that one come in.”

Jordan Henderson and Bukayo Saka also scored at Al Bayt Stadium while Jude Bellingham was key in the opening two goals and Phil Foden had two assists.

England, who reached the semi-finals of the last World Cup in Russia, will face defending champions France at Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday.

“We enjoyed this one, but of course our attention goes straight to that,” Kane said. “It’s going to be a really tough game. They are defending champions but it will be a good battle.

The unmissable contest will feature the tournament’s top scorer in Kylian Mbappe and one of his best players in Bellingham.

Mbappe netted twice against Poland in a 3-1 win to take his tally to five goals at this year’s World Cup.

Bellingham only have the one he scored in England’s first 6-2 loss to Iran, but his game goes way beyond that.

“God, @BellinghamJude is unbelievably good. He’s the leader of this team. His parents must be so proud. I love him,” Lineker wrote on Twitter after the Borussia Dortmund midfielder crossed paths with Henderson for score the first goal in the 38th minute.

Until then, Senegal had created the most dangerous opportunities. Ismaila Sarr sent in a shot from close range and then England keeper Jordan Pickford had to throw an arm to block another effort from Boulaye Dia.

All this without the team’s player, Sadio Mane, who was ruled out of the tournament due to injury before the game even started in Qatar.

That all changed once Bellingham took control, charging into the box before setting up Henderson. In first-half stoppage time, he made another unstoppable run, carrying the ball just outside the England penalty area and deep into the Senegalese half. Foden then played Kane to double England’s lead.

With the 1966 World Cup champions on course for a showdown with France, Saka scored in the 57th minute converting Foden’s cross.

PERMANENCE

The match was played to the rhythm of the drums of the Senegalese fans, who provided the soundtrack from start to finish. England fans struggled to make themselves heard through the noise, even when the result was in no doubt.

STERLING WAIT

Raheem Sterling was sent off before the match started due to a ‘family matter’. England coach Gareth Southgate has given no indication if or when the striker could return.

RECORDING SET

Bellingham has become the youngest England player to provide an assist at a World Cup.

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James Robson is on https://twitter.com/jamesalanrobson

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AP World Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/world-cup and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports



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