When they first pull on the red shirt of Liverpool, Salif Diao and El Hadji
Diouf will become the first Senegal internationals to play in the
But almost certainly they won't be the last.
One current international star, who asked not to be named, told BBC Sport
Online that he is in talks with a Premiership club, whilst the bulk of the
current Lions' squad would jump at the chance of a move to England.
"At the moment our players only play in the French league," says Bruno
Metsu, "but I believe and hope that many of them will move on to bigger and
better things shortly."
One player near the top of many Premiership clubs' wishlist is midfielder
Bouba Diop, a position he has occupied since well before the World Cup.
Diop's stellar performance for his then club Grasshoppers in a Uefa Cup tie
against Leeds last autumn attracted the attention of many top scouts.
Fitting right in
Another who wants to make the short trip across the channel is Amdy Faye.
"I would love to play in England," the defensive midfielder told BBC Online.
"I think my style of play is ideally suited to the English league."
That, in a nutshell, is why the Senegalese want to play for Premiership
clubs, and why Premiership clubs want to enrol the Senegalese, who tend to
have the type of athletic gifts so valuable in the Premiership.
Rennes' central defender Lamine Diatta is another Anglophile.
found me a club in England yet?" he asks whenever he sees me.
Of course, just because many of the Senegalese dream of playing in England
does not mean it will happen.
But if the Lions continue to impress in the World Cup many of those dreams
are likely to come a lot closer to reality.
All in all, it looks like Diouf and Diao will not be alone in England for