Jude Bellingham started running and kept on going. From the edge of his own six-yard box, he was soon sprinting over the halfway line, only now with the ball at his feet, Senegal players trailing in his wake, and possibilities unfurling before him.
The passage of play that led to the second goal, scored by Harry Kane after Bellingham had released Phil Foden, was exhilarating and the same could be said of those that led to the first and third. This England side can play. Maybe it’s France who should be worried.
They have Kylian Mbappe, of course. He will take some stopping on Saturday. But then so will England. Gareth Southgate’s side have rattled in 12 goals at this tournament – three more than any other side. So much for the manager holding them back.
Criticism of Southgate’s approach has of course been valid at times during his tenure. Even at the last…