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Senegal will be a tougher than expected by England

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On Sunday, England will face Senegal, who will present what kind of a challenge? The African team is competing in their first World Cup knockout game since 2002. They advanced to this stage of the competition thanks to a strong performance in their last group match against Ecuador.

Gary Al Smith, an African football journalist, suggested to Sky Sports News that England might be in for a more difficult evening than they anticipate...

He stated, "I think [it will be more tough than imagined], but less difficult than if Sadio Mane were around, I'd wager." He believes that the situation will be more challenging than originally anticipated. Before Mane suffered his injury, I made some pre-World Cup predictions, and one of them was that Senegal will finish second in their group and face England in the round of 16. Obviously, I had Senegal beating England to go to the quarterfinals, and there were a few reasons why that heavily had to be with Sadio. One of those reasons was because I thought Senegal would have more success against England.

"Now, with him not around, we've seen them rally and do something that many of us thought they could do, but didn't actually know they could do, which was to bring out the inner united front and show us why they are the team with the deepest squad in African football at the moment. "Now, with him not around, we've seen them rally and do something that many of us thought they could do, but didn't actually know they could do."

"Since Sadio has been removed from the equation, they have been able to present a few strong alternatives. In addition to Dia, we have also witnessed Ismaila Sarr, who has been phenomenal. Whether or not he can do it against England's team, which is just as organized, is a completely different question."

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