Senegal vs Japan preview: All to play for in Group H

Senegal vs Japan preview: All to play for in Group H

Kane, substituted to an ovation from the almost 2,500 England fans, was the third England player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup following Geoff Hurst in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker against Poland in the 1986 tournament. An English victory over debutants Panama would put the Three Lions and the Belgians into the last-16 and leave them with a head-to-head matchup next week, against Belgium, to decide who wins the group.

A similarly attritional contest could be on the cards on Sunday against the Central Americas who are making their World Cup debut.

Equally, Mane said, it would be a mistake to focus on any individual in the Japanese team. "You saw a Senegal team very solid, very compact".

A win for England would see them head into a final group game against Belgium to determine who finishes top. Whoever wins this match automatically guarantees a spot in the last 16.

United in Bayern Munich's high-octane attack as "FC Hollywood" ran away with sixth successive Bundesliga title last season, Lewandowski and Rodriguez carry a large part of the World Cup hopes of their nations on their shoulders. "They are such a strong team", said 31-year-old defender Yuto Nagatomo. "If we have to defend, and that means then we're going to win, then we defend".

"Something like this can be a big moment in the tournament".

All three games matter with two matches from group H to come but first the group G encounter between England and Panama.

The disciplinary records of Spain and Portugal could be used to decide the winners of the World Cup's Group B if they both win by the same scoreline in their final qualification matches.

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Ndongo Ndiaye, a former basketball player and now an adviser to Senegal President Macky Sall, told The Times at the team's base in Kaluga, south of Moscow: "Everyone here is talking about this tweet, it has made headlines in Senegal too".

"We have another important game, we need a positive result to qualify for the second round", Mane said. "We didn't play a great game, but we didn't lose".

Playing from the off with an ease and trickery that contrasted with the stressed-looking England flops of recent global tournaments, Gareth Southgate's team romped into a remarkable 5-0 lead at half-time. This is at a point facts show that black managers are a rare sight in World Cups, despite its expansion from 24 to 32 teams.

"We want to do at least as well as the 2002 generation".

Japan will look to further explore their attacking potential when they face Senegal in a battle of the surprise contenders to advance to the knockout stage from Group H on Sunday.

James Rodriguez is expected to start this game after coming on as a substitute in the opener, while Radamel Falcao will also provide a scoring threat.

The princess spoke with squad members and posed for a photo with the senior national side, as well as the Japan under-19 players now attending the camp. "I think that football is a universal sport and that the colour of your skin is of very little importance".

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