Senegal exit ensures little-known Irish World Cup record stays intact

Lukaku celebrates after scoring against Tunisia at the World Cup

He said he wanted Japan to be "more free and attacking in the next match" which will be against England or Belgium, who play later on Thursday in Group G.

But the result also means Gareth Southgate's young side avoid the top half of the draw in Russian Federation, which contains heavyweights France, Argentina, Portugal and Brazil.

"It's up to us to make them proud, to fly the flag for Senegal and Africa at this World Cup", he told reporters, as quoted by BBC Football. "Everyone is disappointed now". But if you change the players and the system, you are taking a risk.

Southgate didn't even turn to Kane in search for an equaliser, instead introducing Danny Welbeck to ensure every outfield player in his squad featured across the three group games.

Michael O'Neill, Northern Ireland manager and BBC pundit: "It takes you back to World Cups in 1982 and 1986, when we saw games like that".

"I'm extremely concerned, it's a very tough situation for my team", he said.

May announced yesterday that the Cross of St George will fly over 10 Downing Street for each of England's remaining World Cup matches.




It was England's first defeat in a year, but may have given them an easier route to the final than if they had topped the group. Belgium has scored nine goals and has a goal differential of +7, both are now the best of any team in the tournament.

"I think Colombia and Senegal have practically the same style of play".

James started the game against Senegal in Samara on Thursday, but departed in disconsolate fashion after only half an hour, seemingly with a muscular issue. "It's a great challenge for us to be faced against them". They give yellow cards if you take your shirt off or whatever, so yeah, it's unsatisfying. It was a good goal at the end of the day.

Striker Marcus Rashford said it was important not to let the result against Belgium affect England's mentality moving forward.

"They were also vulnerable to the counterattack after conceding the goal, and there are lots of things to work on before the next game".

The midfield, and especially Takashi Inui and Gaku Shibasaki (both based in Spain), looked solid and confidence grew in the Senegal game.

But Rashford rejected the notion that the setback was a "reality check", adding: "We know it's early on in the process of what we're trying to do, but this is just a chance to try and prove it today".

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