World Cup hits & misses: Harry Kane finds form at perfect time, Kylian Mbappe’s threat to England defence

Sky Sports’ writers replicate on Sunday’s motion as England attain the quarter-finals of the World Cup to arrange a gathering with France subsequent weekend…

Southgate’s tactical nous enhancing at World Cup

Gareth Southgate’s tactical nous is rising as this match goes on.

He’s been slightly bit extra adventurous going with a 4-3-3 formation, giving the likes of Jude Bellingham freedom to roam slightly than shackling him with a defensive midfield mindset, and it is paying dividends.

Southgate’s had his critics going into this match. England had gone six video games with out a win and there have been some followers saying he’d had his time, questions over a lot of his selections and his tactical prowess.

However, I do not suppose there are various saying that now as England progressed to a tenth World Cup quarter-final.

It’s price a small reminder that earlier than Southgate’s England reached the World Cup semi-finals in 2018, they’d not gained a knock-out recreation of any form since 2006.

Southgate received all the massive calls proper as soon as once more.
Sky Sports News’ Rob Dorsett

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Kane discovering his scoring contact at simply the fitting time?

Harry Kane celebrates after scoring England's second aim in opposition to Senegal

England have scored 12 targets in 4 matches at the World Cup.

It is their joint-most at a single main match (World Cup and Euros), degree with their 12 targets at the 2018 World Cup.

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They’ve been medical and up till now, they’d achieved it with out the targets of Harry Kane.

If you had been informed Kane had solely scored considered one of England’s 12 targets, you’d most likely not imagine it, such was the reliance on the striker’s targets by means of Gareth Southgate’s tenure.

That is the case, nonetheless, however the England captain might have discovered his goal-scoring form at simply the fitting time after his first aim of the match helped his aspect to a 3-0 win in opposition to Senegal within the final 16.

Kane has now scored 11 targets at main tournaments for England (seven at the World Cup and 4 at the Euros), overtaking Gary Lineker (10) because the Three Lions’ all-time high scorer in such competitions.

And with England’s large showdown in opposition to France now on the horizon, you would not again in opposition to England’s talisman including to that tally.
Oliver Yew

Can England fake they’re 1-0 up from kick-off?

Part of me thinks England have a secret batch of gamers in reserve the second they go 1-0 up at this World Cup.

The Three Lions have netted the primary aim in every of the three targets they’ve scored in up to now, and have abruptly appeared a distinct staff every time.

They had been snug with out a innovative in opposition to Iran earlier than Jude Bellingham’s header – and went on to hammer in one other 5.

Jude Bellingham's opener in opposition to Iran got here after 35 minutes – by half-time, they had been already 3-0 up

Against Wales, Marcus Rashford broke the impasse shortly after half-time and barely 60 seconds later, Phil Foden had added a second. Another 17 minutes on, England had been 3-0 up and achieved for the evening.

The largest distinction by far has come in opposition to Senegal. England had been on the ropes at instances, sloppy in possession and searching nervous, till Jordan Henderson stroked previous Edouard Mendy after 38 minutes. By half-time, they had been 2-0 up, and once more they added a 3rd shortly after the break.

Those targets have mirrored the performances. England look extra purposeful, win a noticeably larger variety of second balls and supply extra attacking motion once they have the lead.

It’s curious that this in itself is a distinction with earlier iterations of this squad. It might but show a optimistic slightly than a adverse.

After Marcus Rashford broke the impasse in opposition to Wales on Tuesday, Phil Foden added a second barely a minute later

In each of their two knock-out defeats beneath Gareth Southgate, England have opened the scoring however failed to construct on their lead, sat again and finally paid the worth.

And in the event that they do strike first in opposition to France subsequent weekend, including a second might be one other process altogether in contrast to going through Iran, Wales and Senegal.

But the actual fact England are exhibiting the intent is a promising omen.

They have already matched their scoring tally from the World Cup 4 years in the past. They’ve additionally notched two or extra targets in three video games already – as many as they managed in the entire of the Euros final summer season.

And regardless of France’s elite high quality, the Three Lions have already had seven totally different scorers in Qatar – essentially the most of any match in historical past.

If they’re to rating first subsequent Saturday and step up their recreation once more, there isn’t any scarcity of gamers able to making it occur.
Ron Walker

England should remedy Mbappe downside

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Kylian Mbappe says his solely concern is successful the World Cup, regardless of being a number one contender for the Golden Boot with 5 targets up to now within the match

“The scary thing is, Matty Cash has actually done ok against Mbappe.”

That was the opinion of Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher after Kylian Mbappe had scored twice to take his tally at the World Cup to 5 and ship France into the quarter-finals.

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Cash, the Aston Villa right-back, had stored Mbappe comparatively at bay till the famous person slammed in two unstoppable efforts. That is the problem going through England and notably Kyle Walker.

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Mbappe accomplished 5 profitable dribbles from 9 tried (56%) whereas solely successful six duels from 16 (38%). France laboured in assault with their important man stored quiet though Giroud confirmed his class by netting the aim to develop into France’s all-time males’s document goalscorer.

Kylian Mbappe fires house France's second aim in opposition to Poland

Giroud is greater than able to filling in for the injured Karim Benzema and main the frontline, however France’s reliance on Mbappe’s aptitude is apparent. Stop him, like Cash did for the very best a part of 70 minutes, and England could have greater than an excellent likelihood of reaching the semi-finals.

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The huge query is: How do you cease Mbappe?

“There is no recipe. No one knows the recipe, no coach knows the recipe to stop Mbappe in the form he is in,” stated Poland supervisor Czeslaw Michniewicz after their defeat.

Good luck, England.
David Richardson

France have defensive vulnerabilities England can benefit from

Robert Lewandowski scored a penalty in opposition to France who’re with out a clear sheet in Qatar

For all of France’s threat with Kylian Mbappe, England might be assured they’ve their very own weapons to harm the holders.

Didier Deschamps’ aspect are but to hold a clear sheet within the match and had just a few rocky moments in opposition to Poland that demonstrated their vulnerability defensively.

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Poland got here shut to taking the lead within the first half just for Hugo Lloris to deny Piotr Zielinski earlier than Jakub Kaminski’s rebound was cleared off the road by Raphael Varane.

Hugo Lloris denied Piotr Zielinski and Poland a first-half opener

It was a bushy second for Les Bleus as Poland, who scored a late penalty by means of Robert Lewandowski, really completed the sport with a greater xG (1.78) than France (1.35). The Poles created two huge probabilities and registered 12 photographs within the 3-1 defeat.

Across the match, France have conceded a mean of almost 5 photographs (4.75) contained in the field per recreation which is greater than fellow match favourites Brazil, Argentina and Spain.

England will fancy themselves to benefit from the alternatives France have been giving up.

The Three Lions are the highest scorers at this match having scored three greater than every other aspect, whereas 10 of their 12 targets scored have been from open play.

France are but to face a aspect of England’s attacking high quality in Qatar and might be in for his or her hardest check but defensively within the quarter-finals.

England ought to keep on with their attacking line-up on Saturday as a result of France will concern it.
Declan Olley

England have a 1/3 likelihood of reaching ultimate

The fixture many predicted, and plenty of extra dared not to utter earlier than the Senegal recreation was achieved and dusted, has materialised: England vs France.

The world champions arrived at the match amongst a clutch of favourites to go all the method – regardless of lacking a number of key gamers with accidents.

That record of absentees has grown longer in Qatar with Karim Benzema and Lucas Hernandez dominated out – however the French have tailored and progressed – with Kylian Mbappe topping the scoring chart with 5 targets.

Going into the match, many predicted England will meet their demise within the quarter-finals; so, have England met their inevitable demise? No, in accordance to knowledge gurus Opta.

The knowledge supplier predicts England will beat France and progress to the semi-finals – with the chances tipped 59/41 within the Three Lions’ favour.

Indeed, England are actually drawn nearly degree with favourites Brazil and Argentina to attain the ultimate – with probabilities hovering round 33 per cent for every nation to stroll out at the Lusail Stadium on December 18.

World champions? Well, Brazil are good worth at 22 per cent, Argentina at 20 per cent and England at 16 per cent. The Three Lions’ probabilities jumped 5 per cent after sweeping Senegal apart within the spherical of 16.

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Why? Well, England have scored a tournament-topping 12 targets in simply 4 video games, from simply 21 photographs on course. Brazil have scored solely three targets in three video games and clocked an an identical variety of correct makes an attempt.

This is an attacking England, on the entrance foot, sharing targets, with gas within the tank and room for enchancment – whereas additionally enjoying farther upfield than every other nation left in Qatar.

Gareth Southgate’s aspect will face titans of world soccer hereon, however England’s probabilities of going all the way in which hold rising as Goliaths disappear down the departure lounge…
Adam Smith

Senegal wasted probabilities – France will not be as beneficiant

After knocking in three targets in opposition to Senegal to prolong their document at the 2022 World Cup to 12 targets from 4 matches, it will be straightforward to assume England breezed their well past the African champions to safe their place within the quarter-finals.

But whereas which will have been the case within the second-half thanks to Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane’s targets simply earlier than half-time, the competition earlier than the Liverpool midfielder’s strike was very a lot within the stability.

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Harry Kane says England had been ‘ruthless’ within the victory over Senegal, however consideration now turns to the problem of France subsequent Saturday

In truth, England – regardless of seeing loads of the ball – failed to do a lot with it and as an alternative introduced the sport’s finest alternatives to their opponents.

Senegal actually ought to have taken the lead when Ismaila Sarr struck the ball over the crossbar from simply yards out, earlier than Jordan Pickford denied Boulaye Dia at shut vary with a powerful left-handed save.

The probabilities fell Senegal’s method at least partially on account of England’s points progressing the ball, with Harry Maguire and John Stones giving the ball away on a number of events earlier than visibly remonstrating with their team-mates.

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Senegal Aliou Cisse says there was a ‘huge distinction’ between the 2 sides within the defeat to England

Gareth Southgate acknowledged after the sport that his aspect struggled in possession within the first-half and highlighted the position Jude Bellingham and Jordan Henderson performed in getting England up the pitch by turning the ball over in Senegal territory.

Eventually England had been in a position to depend on extra than simply successful the ball again, with their high quality in possession exhibiting by means of within the build-up for the primary and second targets as they minimize by means of Senegal’s defences.

But the way in which during which Aliou Cisse’s aspect had been in a position to not simply frustrate England, however very almost develop into the primary aspect to take the lead in opposition to them at this World Cup might be meals for thought for Southgate, notably given his aspect’s sluggish begins in opposition to the USA and Wales of their earlier two video games.

All three of these sides let England off the hook. World champions France – with the red-hot Kylian Mbappe totally firing – are unlikely to be so beneficiant.
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