2022 World Cup: England dangermen who can hurt Senegal in their Round of 16 clash

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GOAL looks at the players in Gareth Southgate's side who will likely cause problems for the Teranga Lions at the Al Bayt Stadium

Senegal have their work cut out as they face England on Sunday with a place in the World Cup quarter-finals at stake.

England coach Gareth Southgate has a number of weapons that he can unleash on Aliou Cisse’s men, making the task for the African champions extremely difficult.

GOAL looks at the England dangermen who can hurt the Teranga Lions at the Al Bayt Stadium.

  1. Harry Kane

    Harry Kane

    Yet to find the target in Qatar, Kane still poses great danger to Senegal’s chances of progressing to the quarter-final. The England captain has shown that he can create goals and not just score them, having assisted three in as many matches.

    Kane’s ability to drop deep has enabled him to play as one of England’s playmakers and this is likely to be the case again against Senegal, when he will be heavily marked.

    There have been calls for Kane to be dropped but Gareth Southgate will most certainly stick with him given his overall contribution to the team.

    Kane, on 51 goals, is just two short of Wayne Rooney’s mark as England’s all-time goal scorer and he will need no motivation against the Teranga Lions.

  2. Phil Foden

    Phil Foden

    The Manchester City winger impressed against Wales, scoring once, after getting his first start and he is likely to retain his place in the starting XI against the Teranga Lions.

    Normally deployed on the wings, Foden likes to drift inside to play between the lines, acting as an extra creative midfielder which will give the Senegal defence plenty of problems.

    Foden’s pace and finishing mean Senegal will have it difficult even if they employ a defensive approach, and his ability to create and shoot from tight spaces makes him a nightmare to contend with.

  3. Jude Bellingham

    Jude Bellingham

    The 19-year-old has been the driving force in midfield for England, having been afforded a free role, with Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson doing the defensive work.

    Bellingham acts as the link between defence and attack and already has one goal. He averages 93 per cent pass success rate while his vision and energy will make Senegal’s task difficult. The midfielder also likes to get into the box and it is from here that he got his goal against Iran.

    The teenager is also good at opening up tight defences and he will be the key supplier for Kane, Foden and Marcus Rashford, meaning Senegal will have to watch him closely.

  4. Marcus Rashford

    Marcus Rashford

    The Manchester United forward is among the leading scorers at the World Cup having scored three and as his two goals against Wales demonstrated, he can be dangerous when given space to attack.

    He excels when afforded time and space on the left and he is set to pose great danger to Senegal right-back Youssouf Sabaly. Rashford thrives the most against attacking fullbacks who leave him with room to attack and the only way to stop him would be to stay put.

    Senegal will also hope that he is deployed on the right where he is less effective but they will have to avoid giving away set pieces in dangerous areas given how good he can be on free-kicks as Wales discovered the hard way on matchday three.

  5. Kieran Trippier

    Kieran Trippier

    Trippier started England’s first two games against Iran and the United States before he dropped to the bench against Wales.

    Southgate uses the Newcastle United right-back against teams that sit deep and he could be recalled against Senegal.

    Trippier acts as another attacking outlet on the right for England given his tendency to push higher and deliver pin-point crosses. He is also good at free-kicks and taking corners, another area that could be key to winning the game if Senegal make it difficult to break them down.

  6. Bukayo Saka
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    Bukayo Saka

    Likely start on the bench, the Arsenal winger is another dangerman whom Senegal will have to be wary of.

    He scored twice in England’s opener against Iran while playing on the right wing and it is where he will likely feature from if he is involved.

    It could be a tough evening for Senegal left-back Ismail Jakobs who will have to deal with Foden and then Saka but the Teranga Lions can nullify the threat by staying compact.