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England v Costa Rica: Marcus Rashford performed with swagger – Gareth Southgate

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England v Costa Rica: Marcus Rashford performed with swagger – Gareth Southgate

Marcus Rashford made his England debut in Could 2016 and has scored three objectives for his nation

A chic purpose, the man-of-the-match award, a assured “swagger” and the widespread backing of tv and radio pundits.

So has Marcus Rashford, star of England’s 2-0 friendly win over Costa Rica at Elland Street, executed sufficient to persuade supervisor Gareth Southgate he must be within the beginning XI for the World Cup opener in opposition to Tunisia on 18 June?

Southgate refused to be drawn on whether or not he had selected his beginning line-up for the sport in Volgograd.

Nonetheless, Rashford’s spectacular efficiency in Leeds satisfied a bunch of former England gamers and managers that the 20-year-old Manchester United ahead must be picked forward of Raheem Sterling.

Former Three Lions striker Ian Wright stated Rashford ought to get the nod over the Manchester Metropolis ahead, who struggled to impress within the friendly win over Nigeria on the weekend and was booked for diving.

“I would go along with Rashford as a result of that is precisely what we want from a second striker,” Wright informed ITV. “I like him there.”

What did Southgate say about Rashford?

I am happy gamers are taking dangers – Southgate

Rashford has scored three objectives in 19 appearances for his nation, whereas Sterling, 23, has two in 38 caps and has gone 20 England video games with out a purpose, final discovering the web in October 2015 in opposition to Estonia.

Chatting with BBC Radio 5 stay, Southgate stated: “Marcus is determined to do effectively and we stated to him and all of the gamers we had been anticipating errors to be made.

“If they are not, we’re not making an attempt arduous sufficient to take dangers and be inventive. For those who’re doing these issues then often you get the moments we received tonight. He is a superb striker of the ball from distance.

“We’ve received nice competitors for locations all through the workforce – you noticed that tonight. We have a call to make for the primary sport, however we’ll want folks to come back into matches to speed up them, and generally to defend.

“We’ll want that competitors and we have had three weeks of wonderful preparation. We’ve a platform to construct into the event.”

Chatting with ITV, Southgate added: “What happy me most is that Marcus loved his soccer tonight. He performed with an actual swagger. He had a troublesome finish to the season, having to play on his personal as a No 9 at instances. He’s nonetheless filling out – we generally overlook how previous he’s.”

Raheem Sterling was booked for diving in opposition to Nigeria final weekend

What did the pundits say?

Former England winger Chris Waddle, talking on BBC Radio 5 stay: “Rashford performed as a No 10 and never a No 9, so that is what we must always choose him on.

“His motion and his first contact was nice and I simply suppose he has the flexibility to go previous gamers and rating objectives. He does it with an finish product, which is the distinction.

“For those who have a look at Sterling, he offers the ball away a bit extra in straightforward positions and I believe Rashford performs higher in an England shirt.

“Despite the fact that Rashford is youthful, he is extra constant.”

Former England striker Ian Wright, talking on ITV: “Rashford took his alternative. He received half a yard and bang. That is what Harry Kane does and what, sadly, Sterling does not do.”

Former England defender Lee Dixon informed ITV: “The factor with Rashford is he ticked each field – his power, his hold-up play, his enthusiasm.

“Every thing he did he did effectively. On 89 minutes he nonetheless had enthusiasm to drive into the field. I believe he is performed himself into the workforce in opposition to Tunisia.”

Ex-England boss Glenn Hoddle, talking on ITV: “It is actually given Gareth a pleasant headache for the opening sport.

“I would prefer to see him up entrance in opposition to Tunisia. You would not wish to play in opposition to him and Kane.”

2017-18 Premier League membership stats
Identify Membership Minutes performed Objectives Assists Massive possibilities missed
Raheem Sterling Man Metropolis 2592 18 11 12
Marcus Rashford Man Utd 1807 7 5 3

‘Something is feasible’

Rashford stated after the sport he wanted to enhance as he will get able to characterize his nation at a serious event for the second time – he got here on briefly in opposition to Iceland at Euro 2016 because the Three Lions had been eradicated.

“I nonetheless must get within the field a bit extra to complete off possibilities,” he stated.

“It means loads to be concerned however going to the World Cup and enjoying a serious half is my most important intention. Something is feasible and now we have to go there with the best expectations.”

On his purpose, Rashford added: “You’re employed on them in coaching day by day and when one comes up in a sport it is a reward.

“I really feel in good bodily kind main as much as the event.”

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