DOHA, Qatar (AP) Jordan Henderson knew exactly who to thank after opening the scoring in England's 3-0 win against Senegal at the World Cup. Pointing a finger in the direction of Jude Bellingham, Henderson charged over to his teammate, pressed his face nose-to-nose with the teenager and stared intensely into his eyes before embracing him in celebration. With England fans going wild inside Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday, Henderson continued to gesture that Bellingham was the one deserving of their adulation after his run and cross had created the goal.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) England forward Raheem Sterling has left his team's World Cup camp in Qatar and returned to the U.K. after a break-in at his home. The 27-year-old Chelsea player missed England's 3-0 win against Senegal in the round of 16 Sunday and it was not known if he would be back for his nation's quarterfinal match with France on Saturday. ''We've got to give him time to try to resolve that or be there for his family,'' coach Gareth Southgate said.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) The national team scoring record now checked off his list, Olivier Giroud turned his attention to helping France win a second consecutive World Cup. Giroud broke Thierry Henry's French record with his 52nd goal for his country on Sunday when he scored the first in a 3-1 victory over Poland that put the reigning champions in the World Cup quarterfinals. ''I really wanted to score this goal (against Poland).
DOHA, Qatar (AP) FIFA official Arsene Wenger took a shot at World Cup teams who tried to make political statements in Qatar, saying Sunday they lacked focus for their first games. Wenger said teams who had a good opening game were mentally ready to focus on the competition and ''not on political demonstration.'' The former Arsenal manager did not specify which teams he was talking about while speaking during an analysis of group games at a FIFA-hosted media event as Chief of Global Football Development.