Goals from Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka saw England thrash Senegal 3-0 to reach Quarter-Finals of 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Henderson swept England in front after 39 minutes from a clinical pullback pass by Jude Bellingham in the Three Lions’ first-ever meeting against Senegal in any competition.
Kane then added England’s second goal from a third-minute counter-attack in first-half injury time, as he smashed in from Phil Foden’s pass.
Bukayo Saka completed a comfortable victory for England as he flicked in a 57th minute finish from Foden’s low cross.
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions will now meet reigning champions, France at Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday 10 December in a 10pm AST local time kick-off (7pm UK Time), after the French comfortably beat Poland in todays other Round of 16 tie.
With just one change from their win over Wales as Marcus Rashford dropped to the bench and Saka returned to the line-up, England made a cautious start as Boulaye Dia produced a fourth minute shot for Senegal which was saved by Jordan Pickford.
That scare prompted England into action as Bellingham three minutes later drew a foul from Krepin Diatta, from which Declan Rice’s flicked cross to Harry Maguire was cleared.
John Stones then headed wide from a 20th minute corner as Southgate’s Three Lions wasted chances, whilst Senegal began to press higher up the pitch which resulted in Dia flicking a shot three minutes later wide, via deflection of Stones’ hand which VAR deemed unintentional.
Dia again was in the thick of the action in the 32nd minute as Saka gave the ball away and Ismaila Sarr played the 26 year-old through, only for Pickford to block his shot from close-range.
Senegal’s defence though was eventually unlocked just seven minutes later as Kane played Bellingham through on the left, with the Borussia Dortmund midfielder sweeping a low cross across for Henderson to smash in beyond Edouard Mendy’s legs.
Kane two minutes later missed a huge chance to put any English fears of a cupset to bed early before half-time as he met Saka’s pullback cross from the right, yet he could only slam his shot over the bar with a heavy touch.
Deep into first-half injury time, Kane atoned for his earlier mistake as a counter-attack led by Bellingham found Foden, from which the 22 year-old selflessly laid across for Kane to smash in past a helpless Mendy to put England two goals up at the break.
Senegal responded with three changes at half-time as Pathe Ciss, Diatta and Iliman Ndiaye were substituted for Pape Gueye, Pape Matar Sarr and Bamba Dieng respectively, in hope of triggering a second-half comeback.
Those changes initially looked to had worked as Pape Sarr fired over the bar five minutes into the second-half.
That missed chance almost proved costly as Saka almost extended England’s lead in the 54th minute, only to fire wide of the top-right corner from Kane’s pass, before Kane himself saw a 56th minute shot saved by Mendy.
Saka eventually finished the tie off one minute later with a clinical flicked finish of Foden’s low cross under the legs of Kalidiou Koulibaly in from the left flank.
Southgate consequently opted for a series of changes as attention began to slowly switch towards the Quarter-Final against France, with Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham, John Stones and Jordan Henderson all substituted in the closing 25 minutes.
Senegal meanwhile continued to press for at least one consolatory goal but struggled to create any decent chances of note, as the African champions missed out on the opportunity of reaching the last eight for the first time since their memorable run in 2002.
England eventually held out to secure victory and a Quarter-Final showdown against France at Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday 10 December, pitting two of the title favourites against each other in an all-European blockbuster.
England: Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones (Dier 77′), Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Jordan Henderson (Phillips 82′), Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham (Mount 77′), Bukayo Saka (Rashford 65′), Harry Kane, Phil Foden (Grealish 65′)
Substitutes: Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford, Kieran Trippier, Nick Pope, Kalvin Phillips, Eric Dier, Conor Coady, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mason Mount, Aaron Ramsdale, Callum Wilson, James Maddison, Conor Gallagher
Senegal: Edouard Mendy, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Koulibaly, Abdou Diallo, Ismail Jakobs (Ballo-Toure 84′), Pathe Ciss (Gueye 45′), Nampalys Mendy, Krepin Diatta (Sarr 45′), Iliman Ndiaye (B.Dieng 45′), Ismaila Sarr, Boulaye Dia (Diedhiou 72)
Substitutes: Seny Dieng, Formose Mendy, Pape Cisse, Nicolas Jackson, Moussa N’Diaye, Fode Ballo-Toure, Pape Matar Sarr, Famara Diedhiou, Bamba Dieng, Alfred Gomis, Moustapha Name, Mamadou Loum, Pape Gueye
Referee: Ivan Barton (El Salvador)