World Cup 2022: Ex Premier League Star Names One Senegal Player Who Will Trouble England

World Cup 2022: Ex Premier League Star Names One Senegal Player Who Will Trouble England

  • Troy Deeney has said former Watford teammate Ismaila Sarr will give England a lot of problems when they play Senegal in the Round of 16
  • Sarr has scored one goal in Qatar so far and has played a key role in the absence of Sadio Mane for the Senegalese
  • With Senegal's lack of depth in the attacking areas, Sarr will be required by Aliou Cisse to step up and lead the reigning African champions to the promised land

Former Premier League striker Troy Deeney has said that Ismaila Sarr will give England plenty of problems when England play Senegal in the Round of 16 on Sunday.

Sarr played with Deeney, who left5 Watford last year after 11 years. Sarr has made a name for himself in the Premier League and stepped up in Sadio Mane's absence for the Lions of Teranga.

Troy Deeney, Ismaila Sarr, Watford, Senegal, England, 2022 World Cup
Deeney was Sarr's captain at Watford. Photo by Charlotte Wilson.
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Sarr has played an influential role for Senegal so far in Qatar and will be required to up the ante against England. The Three Lions are considered one of the favourites for the tournament and will seriously test Senegal.

Aliou Cisse's side began with a loss but bounced back with two wins over hosts Qatar and an impressive Ecuador side.

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The Three Lions reached the semi-final in the 2018 edition and are fancied to win it again this time. Senegal will need to be at their best to stop them.

Sarr main player for Senegal?

According to an exclusive from the Sun, Deeney said he has seen first-hand what Sarr can do to fullbacks and warned England about the 24-year-old winger.

"He will cause a lot of problems for England out wide, especially their full-backs. I remember a match at Vicarage Road against Manchester United in December 2019."

Ismaila Sarr, Senegal, 2022 World Cup, England
Sarr of Senegal celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal off a penalty during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match between Ecuador and Senegal. Photo by Maddie Meyer.
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Deeney was Sarr's captain at Watford before he left his boyhood club last year. The Senegal winger has scored 30 goals and provided 21 assists in 130 appearances for the Hornets, according to Transfermarkt.

With Mane absent for Senegal, the Round of 16 encounter with England is the game for Sarr to rise to the occasion and inspire his country to a famous victory.

Furthermore, Sarr has demonstrated that he has the ability to trouble any defender.

Sarr no-look penalty

Sports Brief earlier reported on Sarr scoring a no-look penalty against Ecuador in their final Group A match.

Against Ecuador, Sarr was brought down in the opposition's 18-yard box, leading the referee to award Senegal a penalty in the 44th minute.

Sarr stepped up in style and scored without even looking at the ball on the ground. Interestingly, although his teammates and likely most fans focused on the ball, the 24-year-old did not.

Source: Sports Brief News