Will football come home or will it be Allez Les Bleus when England takes on France in their World Cup 2022 quarterfinal on Saturday night.
While the defending champions defeated Poland 3-1 to maintain their chances of winning back-to-back championships, the Three Lions defeated Senegal 3-0 without a response to proceed to the round of eight.
Southgate was pleased to see his team perform with “ruthlessness” against Senegal in the round of 16 match. If the runners-up in the Euro 2020 can send the holders packing, Morocco or Portugal await.
However, England has a history of losing in the quarterfinals; they were eliminated at this stage in the 1954, 1962, 1970, 1986, 2002, and 2006 tournaments, and six of their previous eight World Cup exits have involved opponents from the same continent.
England is in terrific shape after going three games without giving up a goal at the World Cup, and Southgate may potentially become the first Three Lions manager to take his team to more than one semi-final, but the most formidable of tough opponents lies in their way.
Olivier Giroud’s 52nd goal was enough to propel the AC Milan forward to the top of the France charts as Les Bleus showed a clinical edge that Robert Lewandowski’s Poland had no answer for, while Harry Kane scored his 52nd international goal to move closer to the England record.
Didier Deschamps’s team has already triumphed in eight of their past 10 knockout matches against fellow UEFA teams and they have now advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in five of the last seven editions, including each of their last three, but they have not yet silenced all the naysayers.
However, more recent history does not favor the Three Lions, who can only boast one win from their last eight matches against the world champions. In fact, Les Bleus are still without a clean sheet at the 2022 World Cup and have actually lost both of their previous encounters with England at the tournament in 1966 and 1982.