World Cup: Phil Foden sends warning to France as England beat Senegal | Football
Phil Foden has sent a warning to England’s World Cup quarter-final opponents France ahead of Saturday’s showdown in Qatar.
The Three Lions produced a dominant 3-0 victory over African champions Senegal on Sunday and will next face Didier Deschamps’ side.
France won the World Cup in 2018 and with Kylian Mbappe currently leading the Golden Boot race, Foden knows that England are in for a tricky game.
But Gareth Southgate’s team are full of confidence having now scored 12 goals across four games and have kept three clean sheets in that time too.
‘We are going to celebrate tonight but it is knockout football now so we will have to recover and then think about the next opponent,’ Foden told ITV.
‘[France] look like the strongest in the competition up to now. [But] we back ourselves every day and we are confident.’
He later told the BBC: ‘We all want to play in the biggest games and there’s no bigger game than France.
‘If we’re on form we can create chances and score. We’re looking forward to it, it’s going to be a big challenge.’
England captain Harry Kane also spoke to the BBC after the victory and said: ‘Saturday will be really difficult, France are a great team, reigning world champions, so we know it is going to be a really tough evening.
‘We enjoy this night tonight, we are going to have a couple of days to recover and then we will start preparing for what is going to be a really important game.
‘I think if you are going to win the World Cup, you have to play the best sides in the wold and France are certainly up there.’
Jordan Henderson, meanwhile, added: ‘From our point of view we know we are up against a world-class team with world-class players.
‘It’s a huge, huge test, they’re the current champions. But I believe in the players and believe that if we perform to the level we are capable of we can give them a really good go.
‘Anything can happen so we’ve got to believe and give everything we can in the next one.’
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