Marcus Rashford described firing England into the World Cup’s last 16 as a “great feeling.”
The Manchester United man scored twice in the 3-0 win over Wales, the first of which was a free-kick, the first of the World Cup.
Rashford has struggled with form in recent years, and he was relieved to see it all come back together at the right time.
“I had a free-kick in the first half that I liked, but the one in the second half was in a better position,” Rashford told BBC Sport. “From there, it’s all about staying calm and doing what you practice.” They don’t come in very often, so I was relieved when they did today..
It’s a wonderful sensation. We were a little disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to recover is to put on a good performance in your next game, which I believe we did. It was simply a matter of taking chances when they presented themselves.”
England had plenty of possession in the first half, but the game didn’t open up until after the break.
“At halftime, the manager said we’d played well, but we could work the keeper more,” Rashford explained. “We did that in the second half.”
“Moments like this are why I play football.” I’m thrilled that we’re making it, and I hope we can build on this success..
I have high hopes for this team, and I believe we can improve.”
Rashford was a surprise revelation in Qatar, and he now shares the World Cup scoring lead with Kylian Mbappe, Cody Gakpo, and Enner Valencia..
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