Welcome to The Athletic’s live blog for the game between England and Senegal.
The group stage was tense, but England were always likely to advance — and they managed to do so with the best record of any team at the World Cup.
This, therefore, feels like the start of the competition proper in a certain sense. After reaching the semi-final stage at the tournament in Russia in 2018, Gareth Southgate’s side will be hoping to go deep in this edition.
Senegal, though, are no pushovers. They might be missing Sadio Mane but his absence has given them a fighting spirit that put them through the group stage.
They won two of their three matches and finished second in Group A behind a strong Netherlands side.
We’ll have all of the pre-match build-up, match coverage and post-match reaction that you need from this match.
Stick with us on the live blog throughout the day for all of the above.