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Senegal: Latest update on Aliou Cisse illness ahead of England clash

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The African champions are preparing to play in the World Cup knockout stage for the first time in 20 years.

Senegal confirm Aliou Cisse will recover in time to accompany Senegal in their upcoming World Cup match against England.

Cisse has been ill for the past two years, failing to participate in his side’s training on Friday.

Assistant manager Regis Bogaert covered for Cisse’s absence in the pre-match press conference. However, he hopes the Senegal boss will be back in time for the England match.

“He’s been sick for a couple of days now and he let us [the staff] take charge of training yesterday, with his instructions,” Bogaert said.

“We are sure that at 10pm tomorrow, he will be there.”

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Senegal qualified to the World Cup knockout round after becoming the Group A runner-ups ahead of Ecuador.

The African champions are certainly the underdogs in their upcoming clash with England. But Bogaert has no doubts over his side’s qualities.

“We know Senegal can beat England,” he added. “We need to focus on our African identity and be positive with the experiences we are having at the moment.

“Since the last World Cup, we have matured. We can beat anybody and when we go on the pitch we need to be convinced of that.

“Our objective is to get through. We’re not too excited and trying to ensure we stay as calm as possible.”