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Saturday 18 November 2017

Rashford sees bright England future

England's Marcus Rashford. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
England's Marcus Rashford. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Marcus Rashford believes England are only touching the surface of what they can achieve together.

Rashford experienced the most eventful night of his fledgling international career in Monday's 2-1 defeat of Slovakia, walking away from a testing night with the man-of-the-match award and a major test of character passed.

The Manchester United forward was handed a first Wembley start by Gareth Southgate but was left cursing his own judgement after an over-ambitious run from defence allowed the visitors to take a third-minute lead.

Yet, rather than wilt, the 19-year-old set about imposing himself on the match, setting up Eric Dier's equaliser from the corner flag then powering home a memorable winner from 20 yards. The result put England five points clear at the Group F summit with only six more on the table and Rashford sees a bright future for Southgate's squad.

"We're all quite young players, so hopefully we can be together for years and years," he said. "What we're doing now is just the start of everything. We could be speaking about much greater things in the future."

Concerning his mistake that led to the Slovak goal, he reflected: "It is football and you have your ups and you have your downs. You always want to help the team anyway by scoring or with an assist. Whether it's 0-0 or 1-0, it doesn't make a difference.

"I think the whole team reacted well. The manager said to just stay calm at half-time and try to work on the things we had been working in training over the week and I think that is what we all did."

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