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Senegal World Cup 2022 squad, predicted line-up versus England and star players

12:00 PM GMT+4 04/12/2022
Kalidou Koulibaly, Senegal
Senegal are through to the last 16 of the World Cup, but who is available to Aliou Cisse for the round of 16 clash against England?

Senegal qualified for their first-ever FIFA World Cup in 2002 and instantly made an impact, beating holders France on their way to the round of 16.

They then failed to make it to the World Cup again until 2018, but are now making their third appearance at the showpiece event after ousting Mohamed Salah's Egypt in the qualifiers.

They picked up two consecutive victories against Qatar and Ecuador respectively in the group stage to qualify for the round of 16. Now they are set to face England on Sunday in the battle for a quarter-final berth.

Not a straightforward encounter by any means, but head coach Aliou Cisse will hope that the AFCON champions will ride on experience and squad depth to negotiate it successfully.

  • Edouard Mendy Senegal 2022

    GOALKEEPERS

    Edouard Mendy is the number one choice between the sticks for Senegal. Although he looked vulnerable against the Netherlands he is their best goalkeeper.

    He has a special place in the hearts of Senegal fans after his heroics in the AFCON final and the World Cup qualifier against Egypt.

    Rennes' Alfred Gomis, meanwhile, is a solid back-up choice and did well against Bolivia in September. Seny Dieng also boasts a safe pair of hands.

    Name

    Club

    Seny Dieng

    Queens Park Rangers

    Alfred Gomis

    Rennes

    Edouard Mendy

    Chelsea

  • Kalidou Koulibaly Senegal 2022

    DEFENDERS

    Cisse sets his team up with a four-man backline and usually sticks to a set of trusted personnel.

    Skipper Kalidou Koulibaly and RB Leipzig's Abdou Diallo are seemingly the two preferred centre-backs, as the pair started the last two matches. However, Papa Abou Cisse is another potential starter alongside Koulibaly. Meanwhile, Formose Mendy of Amiens is a versatile option who can play as a centre-back and also in the right-back position. This provides competition to natural right-back Youssouf Sabaly of Real Betis, who has been the first-choice so far, particularly with Bayern Munich's Bouna Sarr unavailable due to injury.

    Ismail Jakobs of Monaco and Fode Ballo-Toure of Milan are the regular left-back options.

    Player

    Club

    Formose Mendy

    Amiens

    Kalidou Koulibaly

    Chelsea

    Papa Abou Cisse

    Olympiacos

    Abdou Diallo

    RB Leipzig

    Fode Ballo-Toure

    AC Milan

    Ismail Jakobs

    AS Monaco

    Youssouf Sabaly

    Real Betis

    Moussa N'DiayeAnderlecht
  • Idrissa Gueye Senegal 2022

    MIDFIELDERS

    Cisse is flexible enough to try out various options in midfield. Sometimes it is a three-man bank, on some occasions it can be a traditional four, and at times even five bodies are deployed in the centre of the park.

    Idrissa Gueye is an undisputed starter. To add steel, Nampalys Mendy and Nottingham Forest's Cheikhou Kouyate are being used as a double pivot.

    Tottenham's Pape Matar Sarr is another potential option who adds composure and stability in midfield.

    Player

    Club

    Papa Gueye

    Marseille

    Pape Matar Sarr

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Idrissa Gueye

    Everton

    Nampalys Mendy

    Leicester City

    Cheikhou Kouyate

    Nottingham Forest

    Pathe Ciss

    Rayo Vallecano

    Krepin Diatta

    Monaco

    Moustapha Name

    Pafos

    Loum Ndiaye

    Reading

  • Ismaila Sarr Senegal Guinea CAN 2021

    ATTACKERS

    Senegal were dealt a major blow when star player Sadio Mane was ruled out of the World Cup due to injury after suffering a knee problem on club duty with Bayern.

    That means they will be relying on other options up top instead, with Ismalia Sarr of Watford being an explosive option out wide who can tear up defences with his pace. He scored against Ecuador from the spot and will be full of confidence heading into the knockouts.

    Meanwhile, Boulaye Dia of Salernitana is entrusted with the responsibility of being the target man up front who has also scored in the World Cup.

    There are a few other options as well in Bamba Dieng and Nicolas Jackson, who add depth to the squad.

    Players

    Club

    Boulaye Dia

    Salernitana

    Ismalia Sarr

    Watford

    Bamba Dieng

    Marseille

    Iliman Ndiaye

    Sheffield United

    Nicolas Jackson

    Villarreal

    Famara Diedhiou

    Alanyaspor

  • Koulibaly Senegal Qatar 2022

    SENEGAL STAR PLAYERS

    Kalidou Koulibaly is undoubtedly the talisman of this team. In the absence of Sadio Mane, he has shown leadership skills and will be required to put his best foot forward against England to stop the likes of Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham. He also got a crucial goal against Ecuador which was his first-ever for his country and that could not have come at a better time.

    In attack, Ismalia Sarr has been the livewire for the  Lions of Teranga. His searing pace has made him a defender's nightmare and his battle with the England full-back will be one to savour.

  • SENEGAL PREDICTED XI VS ENGLAND

    Cisse is likely to set his side up in a 4-2-3-1 formation against England.

    Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy will start in goal, in front of a back four comprising of Sabaly, Koulibaly, Diallo, and Jakobs.

    In midfield, Pape Gueye, and Pathe Ciss should play as the two defensive midfielders.

    Diatta could potentially operate on the right flank, with Sarr on the left and Gueye through the middle. Dia should be the centre-forward.

    Senegal XI (4-2-3-1): Mendy; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Diallo, Jakobs; Pape Gueye, Ciss; Diatta, Idrissa Gueye, Ismalia Sarr; Dia