World Cup: England are in the last 16 – as Gareth Southgate warns they will face a ‘very dangerous team’ in next game | UK News

The England squad have reached the last 16 of the World Cup – but manager Gareth Southgate has warned they will face a “very dangerous team” in their next game.

England beat former rival Wales 3-0 at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Qatar Tuesday evening and will face Senegal on Sunday.

Senegal is 18th in the FIFA World Rankings, while England is 5th.

But Southgate said there was no room for complacency and his players would study their competition between now and the clash.

He said of Senegal: “I couldn’t see their matches in the tournament.

“I saw them play against Iran in Vienna in September, so I watched them well back then.

“From now on, from the moment the coach returns home, we will study the matches now to prepare for the game.

“Obviously we know quite a few individuals, some great players playing in major leagues in Europe, some playing in England.

“We know that in the standings we will be the favourites,” he added. “We have to deal with this. But we are up against a very dangerous team.”

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For Wales, Tuesday’s game was one of disappointment and devastation as they were left behind by the talent of 25-year-old Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford.

He scored two of England’s three goals, the other going to Phil Foden.

Rashford has scored three goals in as many games at this World Cup, despite struggling with form and fitness in the months leading up to the tournament.

He later revealed that his goals were dedicated to his friend Garfield Hayward, who died of cancer days before the game.

Southgate said: “I went to see (Rashford) this summer, had a long talk with him and he had some clear ideas about things he thought he needed to think about and do.

“You can see with his club that there has been happiness in his performances this year, and I have to say that has shown all the time on the training ground with us.”

“We have a completely different version of the player we had at the Euros last summer, so he managed to produce those moments tonight.

“He could have scored a hat-trick, really, with the luck in the first half and then the one at the near post towards the end.

“But great for him and because it’s great for him, it’s great for us.”

England fans at the game were delighted, while their Welsh counterparts were defeated, with some leaving before the final whistle.

John Holden, 65, from Nottingham, said: “It was absolutely amazing.

“Wales were so poor, even in the first half we were just playing with them, wearing them down – Rashford, in the second half he terrified them.”

He added: “The fans were bouncing back, we were absolutely bouncing back and we still are.”

Scott Kind, 49, who lives in Qatar, said it was a “brilliant result” and on England’s hopes for the rest of the tournament he added: “A decent draw in the second round and we we’ll see – I don’t want to jinx this.”

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England and Wales fans react from home

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group B - Wales v England - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - November 29, 2022 England's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Wales fan Huw Phillips, 54, of Carmarthen said his side ‘held on’ in the first half but were ‘under pressure’ in the second, adding: ‘The dream is over but the boys did well.

“I’m very proud, I’ve never been so proud.”

For the England players, there will be alcohol-free celebrations, due to Qatar rules, before settling down to focus on the work ahead.

Southgate said: “We have plenty of milkshakes at the hotel.

“Everything is different, isn’t it? We embrace it.

“We love our base camp, the people running the hotel are fabulous people. Truly, we couldn’t be happier.

“We enjoy each other’s company and the players are really close, so so far we’re very happy.

“Of course, the big business starts now, really.”

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