Is it actually coming home? We'll find out soon enough.
Is football coming home? The jury is currently out, but England has looked extremely good so far. It obliterated Iran 6-2, crushed Wales 3-0 and drew 0-0 with a surprisingly strong USA team.
But now the games can truly begin. In the first knockout match England faces off against the current champion of Africa, Senegal. Senegal is without its talisman, the world-class forward Sadio Mané, but still did enough to qualify in second place from its group. In my opinion, the Lions of Teranga were also unlucky to lose against the group winner, the Netherlands.
But under coach Gareth Southgate, England has become a tough team to beat, particularly when it comes to the knockout stages of a major tournament. It made the semis of the last World Cup and the finals of the Euros last year. It’s currently in good form, with huge firepower available off the bench. I expect it to beat Senegal here, but it could be a fantastic match.
England is having a great run so far at this year’s World Cup. Richard Sellers/Getty Images
The England-Senegal game starts on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT). The match will be shown nationwide in the US on Peacock and FS1, which is available on numerous live TV streaming services. Outside the US, World Cup matches are being carried by other streaming services, including the BBC and ITV in the UK, SBS in Australia and TSN in Canada. But what if you’re traveling outside your home country and want to enjoy the match, or just want an added layer of privacy for streaming? There is an option that doesn’t require searching the internet for a sketchy website: You can use a VPN, or virtual private network.
Here’s how you can watch the game, and the rest of the 2022 World Cup, from anywhere in the world with a VPN.
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When is the England vs. Senegal match?
England plays Senegal at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. ET) on Sunday, Dec. 4.
Elsewhere in the world, the match starts at 10 p.m. in Qatar, 7 p.m. in London, and on Monday, Dec. 5 at 4 a.m. in Tokyo and 6 a.m. in Sydney.
How to watch the England vs. Senegal match online from anywhere using a VPN
If you find yourself unable to view the match locally, that’s where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on match day by encrypting your traffic, plus it’s a great idea for when you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.
With a VPN, you’re able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. So if your internet provider or mobile carrier has stuck you with an IP address that incorrectly shows your location in a blackout zone, a VPN can correct that problem by giving you an IP address in your correct, nonblackout area. Most VPNs, like our Editors’ Choice, ExpressVPN, make it really easy to do this.
Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US and Canada, as long as you’ve got a legitimate subscription to the service you’re streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.
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Best VPN for streaming
ExpressVPN is our current best VPN pick for people who want a reliable and safe VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It’s normally $13 per month, and you can sign up for ExpressVPN and save 49% plus get three months of access for free — the equivalent of $6.67 per month — if you get an annual subscription.
Note that ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Livestream the England vs. Senegal match in the United States
The England-Senegal match is on FS1 in the US, so you’ll need a live TV streaming service that carries FS1. The least expensive such service is Sling TV Blue.
Sling TV Blue
Carries FS1 and Fox with every World Cup game in the US
Among the live TV streaming services that carry local Fox stations and FS1, the cheapest is Sling TV Blue at $40 per month. Note that Sling is currently running a promotion where the first month of service is half-price ($20) for new subscribers.
One important caveat: While FS1 is available everywhere in the US on Sling TV, Fox local affiliates will only be available if your billing address is in one of the 18 metropolitan areas covered in Sling’s agreement. If you’re outside of one of these areas, you’re probably better off going with one of the alternate services listed below.
Numerous other live TV streaming services carry FS1 and local Fox stations as well, namely YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, DirecTV Stream and FuboTV. They all cost more than Sling TV, but they also carry more channels. Check out our live TV streaming channel guide for details.
Carries every World Cup game in the US (Spanish only)
For Spanish-speaking US residents Peacock is airing all of the World Cup games live in Spanish. The remaining games will stream on its $5-a-month Peacock Premium subscription package, not the service’s free tier.
Read our Peacock review.
Watch the England vs. Senegal match for free in the UK
Carries World Cup matches in the UK
Fans in the UK can watch every match of the 2022 World Cup for free. Games are split between two channels, the BBC and ITV; the England-Senegal match is on ITV. If you’re away from home in the UK, you can use a VPN like ExpressVPN to watch ITVX (formerly ITV Hub), the streaming service for ITV, from anywhere.
Stream the England vs. Senegal World Cup 2022 match in Australia
Carries World Cup matches in Australia
Fans in Australia can stream all 64 World Cup matches live for free using SBS On Demand, the streaming home of the country’s free-to-air TV network. The service also offers full replays, mini-matches and highlights.
In addition to the services and countries listed above, numerous other local fixtures are carrying the World Cup 2022. They include:
- Argentina: TVP
- Belgium: RTBF (French) and VRT (Dutch)
- Brazil: TV Globo
- Canada: TSN
- France: TF1 and beIN Sports
- Germany: ARD and ZDF
- Hong Kong: PCCW
- Japan: Dentsu
- New Zealand: Sky
- Spain: RTVE
Quick tips for streaming the World Cup 2022 using a VPN
- With four variables at play — your ISP, browser, video streaming provider and VPN — experience and success may vary.
- If you don’t see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using the “search for city or country” option.
- If you’re having trouble getting the game after you’ve turned on your VPN and set it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log into your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs — like Roku — don’t have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you’ll have to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you’re using (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
- All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a cable network’s sports app, you’ll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to your email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, since both devices will appear to be in the correct location.
- And remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so be sure you’re using a privacy-first browser to log into your services. We normally recommend Brave.