Mohamed Salah scored a penalty for Egypt in a 3-1 defeat to Russia in St Petersburg. The defeat means Egypt are knocked out of the World Cup prior to their final game against Saudi Arabia.
Sadio Mane captained Senegal in their opening game of the tournament as they defeated Poland 2-1 in Moscow. Senegal are joint top with Japan who defeated Colombia 2-1 in the early game.
Jordan Henderson played the full 90 minutes as England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening game of the World Cup. Two goals from Harry Kane were enough to secure the three points. Henderson’s performance was applauded by fans and pundits.
Lampard: “He carried on his recent form for Liverpool. With Jordan Henderson I wasn’t properly sure what kind of midfielder he was a couple of years ago. But he’s certainly a leader, he’s matured on and off the pitch and he’s used real intelligence to take that role.
He’s got great drive in him. The one question you mentioned is can he get a pass a bit earlier and we saw that he can tonight.”
Shearer: “I thought he showed his intent very, very early on in the game with that ball which came into him first time, just around the corner pass with the forward running on to it.”
Henderson’s England face Panama on Sunday where they could clinch a spot in the last-16 should Belgium defeat Tunisia.
Another twist has emerged in the Nabil Fekir saga as the Frenchman’s agent revealed in an interview that the transfer deal is not over.
Fekir’s agent: “He didn’t sign because um… it is not over! This is not the end of the story.”
The agent also spoke about his medical having revealed he passed the medical with no issues.
Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster is set to sign his first contract with the club despite interest from multiple clubs. Brewster had been the subject of discussion after reports earlier in the season emerged that Borussia Monchengladbach were aiming to sign the youngster.
Rhian Brewster: “Hopefully in 12 months’ time I’ll be sat here saying I made the right decision in what I chose to do. I want to be able to reflect positively on that.”
At the end of the day, I’m doing something I love. In the future, that may lead to money, but the main thing is that you don’t want to be in a job that you don’t like. You want to be in a job that you love, where it doesn’t feel like work.”
Barry Lewtas will be appointed as the new Under-18 manager and will succeed Steven Gerrard as he departed for Rangers. Lewtas is currently the Under-16 boss and the decision has been made to promote him.
Current Under-23 bass Neil Critchley will remain in charge for the U23 side.