England to face Senegal next at World Cup 2022, should they win against Wales

England vs Senegal at World Cup 2022: Harry Kane and Kalidou Koulibaly
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World Cup 2022 will pair up England against Senegal in the last-16 of the tournament, should the Three Lions win against Wales tonight. 

England have won one game, 6-2 against Iran in their first game of the competition, and drew their last game against the United States 0-0 to sit top of Group B at World Cup 2022. The Three Lions don't even have to win to go through either – they can lose 3-0 to the Welsh and still progress to the next round

A win, however, will put them through as group winners for certain, where they will face second-placed Group A side, Senegal. If England are to draw, they will finish their group stage run on five points – and will still win the group so long as Iran don't win or so long as the United States don't beat Iran by five clear goals. 

England vs Senegal expected next at World Cup 2022: but are Senegal good?

Senegal World Cup

Manager Aliou Cisse gestures to captain Kalidou Koulibaly (Image credit: Getty Images)

England have never faced Senegal before. The African nation are champions of their confederation, having beaten Egypt in the final in February 2022 – but they're missing their strongest player in Qatar and aren't looking as strong as perhaps some predicted. 

Former Liverpool hero Sadio Mané was ruled out through injury on the eve of the tournament, leaving the Lions of Teranga with Watford forward Ismaila Sarr as their best attacker. In defence, Kalidou Koulibaly captains the team ahead of Edouard Mendy but neither have been in particularly great form at Stamford Bridge this season. 

Even better news for England: Idrissa Gueye will be missing the match through suspension, having picked up a booking against Ecuador. 

The Three Lions will want to get a positive result tonight to avoid having to play the strongest team in Group A, the Netherlands, who are yet unbeaten in the competition. 

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