Harry Kane was on the scoresheet for England as they beat Senegal 3-0 to cruise into the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Jordan Henderson of Liverpool opened the scoring for England with a brilliant finish off a Jude Bellingham assist, and Harry Kane doubled the lead just before halftime to give the Three Lions a comfortable two-goal lead heading into the second half. Arsenal younger Bukayo Saka scored their third in the second half with a cheeky finish from a Phil Foden assist to seal the win.
Covering the game for ITV, Roy Keane was full of praise for what he saw, including Harry Kane’s fantastic strike which was his 11th in a major tournament taking his international goal tally to 52 goals in 79 games. However, he described his overall performance as ‘sluggish’.
Despite his man-of-the-match performance, Keane typically had something to criticise:
Roy Keane said (via HITC):
“Never in doubt (about Kane scoring). With his quality, two bits of brilliance really from England.
“The second goal was fantastic. Foden lays it off with his left foot, a little bit of luck, a slight deflection and game over. Kane, the dream chance he wanted.
“He probably even looked sluggish in this half. But once he got that chance, he could never believe it. One v one with the goalkeeper and he was never in danger of missing this. Never.”
Keane’s comments seemed unnecessary given Kane was not that bad and the entire team was a bit off the pace in the starting few minutes of the game. However, after Henderson’s opener, England looked in control of the game.
England will need their players to give another flawless performance against their quarterfinal opponents, the reigning world champions France, who are in red-hot form.
Runners-up at Euro 2020 England have only won one of their last 8 games against France, and Didier Deschamps’s men pose a significant threat to England’s hopes of winning their first major title in 56 years.