Newspaper Headlines: 2022 World Cup – England 3-0 Senegal

In this football language post we look at three newspaper headlines about the England 3-0 win over AFCON champions Senegal in the last-16.

In this football language post we look at three newspaper headlines about the England 3-0 win over AFCON champions Senegal in the last-16 of the 2022 World Cup. You can see more newspaper headlines here and don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at:


Newspaper Headlines: 2022 World Cup – England 3-0 Senegal

England defeated AFCON champions Senegal 3-0 in theor last-16 match to book a place in the quarter-finals. Similar to the French, who they will face in the last eight, they coasted past their opponents and maybe we could even say that they marched into the last eight. Here are three different newspaper headlines from the UK press about this victory.

Lions Roar

Lions RoarThe first of the three headlines comes from the Guardian newspaper and focuses on the nickname of the England men’s football team, the Three Lions. They go with the headline ‘Lions roar‘ over an image of first goalscorer Jordan Henderson with his mouth wide open – possibly shouting with joy? The sub-heading gives more information about the win – Henderson sparks England goal rush means that the first goalscorer was Henderson and he set them on their way – to spark a goal rush means to score the first of many goals. A goal rush means a lot of goals. The rest of the sub-heading mentions that their next opponents are France and they ‘lie in wait‘ which is a continuation of the lion reference as this is something that a hunter, such as a lion, might do.

Three Lions

Three LionsThe next headline comes from the i-newspaper which also uses the nickname of the men’s team, the Three Lions (the England badge is made up of three lions), to show the three different goalscorers. Jordan Henderson scored the first so beside a picture of him there is the simple ‘One Lion‘. To his right is a picture of Harry Kane celebrating his goal and as this is the second goal of the game the headline says, ‘Two Lions‘ and then Bukayo Saka is featured in the third picture under the slightly bigger headline ‘Three Lions‘. Clever.

Bring on the French

Bring on the FrenchThe third of our headlines is from the Mirror Sport and uses the phrase ‘bring on the French‘ which is seen in this example as confidently looking ahead to the next game – against the World Cup holders France. This kind of phrase or exclamation shows a lot of confidence, that the team has no fear of their next opponents though this kind of phrase might also be seen as a little arrogant. We’ll see on Saturday!

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