A rousing rendition of It’s Coming Home or Allez Les Bleus will ring out at the Al Bayt Stadium at full-time on Saturday evening, as England faces France in their World Cup 2022 quarter-final.
To advance to the last eight, the Three Lions beat Senegal 3-1, while the reigning champions defeated Poland 3-1.
With their effective press, Senegal prevented the Three Lions from taking a second to breathe against an error-stricken England team in the early stages, but the tide soon turned when 19-year-old Jude Bellingham won the game for the Three Lions.
Bellingham set up Jordan Henderson for the opening goal in the 38th minute before playing a huge role in Harry Kane’s 52nd England goal just before the break, and Gareth Southgate’s decision to bring Bukayo Saka back into the fold proved to be a good one, as the Arsenal man scored after 57 minutes to make it three for England.
The British manager was delighted to watch his team display “ruthlessness” in another game where a slow start resulted in a familiar sense of dread, and he now awaits Morocco or Portugal in the semi-finals if the runners-up can knock out the holders.
Six of England’s last eight World Cup eliminations have come against fellow European nations. England has been beaten at this stage in the 1954, 1962, 1970, 1986, 2002 and 2006 tournaments.
England is well on their way to becoming the first Three Lions manager to lead the team to more than one semi-final at the World Cup after going three games without conceding a goal. However, the most formidable of formidable foes stands in their way.
We say prediction : England 1-3 France