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England player ratings vs Senegal: Bellingham shines, Foden makes his mark

Chris Byfield

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England player ratings vs Senegal: Bellingham shines, Foden makes his mark

England ran out as 3-0 winners against Senegal in the World Cup round-of-16 match in Qatar, setting up a quarter-final clash with reigning champions France.

The Three Lions endured a difficult and attritional first half, partly due to Senegal's pressing, but went ahead against the run of play through Jordan Henderson on 35 minutes. Harry Kane then doubled England's lead with the last kick of the first half - the Tottenham striker's first goal in Qatar.

The second half saw Bukayo Saka add a third to put England out of site.

Next up for Gareth Southgate's side is a tough quarter-final test against Kylian Mbappe's France, who are many people's tip to lift the World Cup on December 18.

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Here we rate England's players on a positive night for the Three Lions.

England player ratings vs Senegal

Pickford - 7

So far Jordan Pickford has had little to do in Qatar but proved his worth with a brilliant save from close range to deny Boulaye Dia and keep the game at 0-0.

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Walker - 6

Kyle Walker struggled with the Senegal press in the first half but slowly worked his way into the game. The Manchester City man could have provided a better threat going forward.

Stones - 6

Stones was guilty of not moving the ball quickly enough in the first half as the defence came under a fearsome Senegal press. Ultimately it was another clean sheet for England, but if I were the France forward line I would be feeling confident coming up against this Three Lions back four.

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Maguire - 6

Like his defensive partner, Maguire looked susceptible to the press in the first half and was on the wrong end of a couple of hairy moments. Nevertheless, he grew into the game at managed to secure another clean sheet. Again, neither centre-back fills me with confidence given they're facing France's attacking riches in the next match.

Shaw - 7

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Most of the England danger came down the left flank - Luke Shaw's side. The England man had a decent game bombing up and down the left, though at times his delivery could have been better.

Rice - 7

Declan Rice is central to dictating the tempo of this England side. Like a number of his teammates, he struggled to get into the game in the first half hour, being constantly hounded by a well-set Senegal press. After England scored their opener, however, Rice was in complete control.

Henderson - 8

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Henderson justified his inclusion by netting a crucial goal against the run of play. The Liverpool captain made a Lampard-like late run into the box and side-footed home from Jude Bellingham's pull-back.

Bellingham - 9

In the words of ITV's Ian Wright, Bellingham is the "truth". He was everywhere and was a massive contributor to both first-half goals. For the first, the 19-year-old picked up the ball from a Phil Foden flick and drove a perfectly weighted low cross for Henderson to fire in. For the second goal, Bellingham ran onto a loose ball and drove through the entire Senegal midfield before laying it off to Foden, who then found goalscorer Kane.

Harry Kane netted his first goal of the tournament (Shutterstock)
Harry Kane netted his first goal of the tournament (Shutterstock)

Kane - 8

Kane started the game in an unspectacular manner but played a crucial part in the first goal, dropping deep to play one of his trademark through balls behind Senegal's back four. The England captain then scored his first goal of the tournament with a lovely finish past Édouard Mendy. From then, the Spurs man was dictating play.

Foden - 8

Like many England players, Foden started the match slowly but grew into it, and played a part in all three goals. It was the Man City man that provided the assist for Kane's first-half goal, while Bukayo Saka's goal was also courtesy of some balletic play and a wonderful cross from the 22-year-old.

Saka - 7

Every time Saka got the ball he looked to make something happen. While not everything came off for the Arsenal man his dinked finish for England's third was arguably the goal of the night.

Rashford - 7

Marcus Rashford was controversially benched for this game, despite scoring two goals against Wales. He was eager to impress against Senegal and almost provided an assist, but his wicked cross was just beyond an outstretched Kane.

Grealish - 7

Jack Grealish did what Jack Grealish always does for England. He came off the bench, ran at defenders and drew fouls. A great option to have.

Phillips - 6

Another good player to bring off the bench and sure up the defence. He struggled to make an impact on the game but looked solid enough.

Dier -6

Eric Dier slotted in at the back for the final 20 minutes. Though he had a quiet game Southgate was perhaps giving him some game time before France, with the likelihood of playing a back-three high.

Mount - 6

Mason Mount came on and provided some energy in the middle of the park. He didn't affect the game in as glamourous a manner as Bellingham, but that's understandable considering the Chelsea man game on when the game was won.

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: Football, England, Football World Cup, Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham

Chris Byfield
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