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Gareth Southgate equals number of England knockout wins from previous 48 years as Ally McCoist praises Three Lions for ‘perfect night’ in World Cup victory against Senegal

Gareth Southgate added yet another knockout win to his CV as the England boss bolstered his major tournament record.

The Three Lions were 3-0 victors in their World Cup last-16 clash against the African Cup of Nations holders.

England looked relatively comfortable in their win against Senegal

England looked relatively comfortable in their win against Senegal

Southgate is now at his third major tournament as England boss, but has already been able to claim as many knockout wins from 2018 to the present day as they did in a previous 48 years.

The victory against Senegal was their sixth major knockout triumph collectively in the 2018 World Cup, Euro 2020 and Qatar 2022.

From 1968 to 2016, they achieved the exact same number in major tournaments, with England clearly enjoying one of their most consistently successful period ever under Southgate.

It was also the Three Lions’ biggest knockout victory at the World Cup since 2002, while also the most goals ever scored by an England team at a World Cup [12].

They will now face their biggest test yet by facing reigning champion France on Saturday.

It was an impressive performance once again from England, with talkSPORT host Ally McCoist sharing his praise for Southgate’s side.

Speaking to talkSPORT on Monday morning, he said: “If you’re nitpicking a little bit, I thought England did the majority of the possession in the first half, I thought Senegal had probably the better chances, the better opportunities.

Holders France are England’s next test in Qatar

Holders France are England’s next test in Qatar

“But, I still feel England were fairly comfortable. It was only a matter of time until they stepped on the gas a little bit and then when they did, they just put Senegal to the sword and that was it, it was really, really impressive.

“Again first half, I thought Henderson and [Jude] Bellingham in particular were outstanding, and the quality of the goals was superb as well. The quality of the goals were fantastic.

“You got your substitutes on again Gareth, no injuries, well it looks like no injuries but, just about a perfect night for them again.”

England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in their last outing in 2018.

However, they will have to overcome a tough France side to get to the stage again, with Les Bleus looking to retain their title this year in Qatar.

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