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Rashford had 'huge impact' for England against Slovakia - Southgate

05 September, 2017, 18:44 | Author: Carla Brady
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But, having headed into the break with parity, the Three Lions dominated the second half, and it was Rashford's delightful strike that maintained England's unbeaten record in Group F, and now five points clear of Monday night's adversaries Slovakia, with only two matches to go, then Southgate knows that his side only need two points from their final two matches next month against Slovenia and Lithuania to ensure qualification for the World Cup in Russian Federation next year.

Eric Dier has backed Marcus Rashford to excel at next year's World Cup after the 19-year-old rescued England against Slovakia at Wembley.

Jones has raised eyebrows in recent matches and has helped Manchester United clear a clean net in three league games and the 25-year-old has played his 22nd game with England to help keep the nets clean in a 4-0 win over Malta on Friday.

The 19-year-old was at fault as Stanislav Lobotka stunned a two-thirds full Wembley to give Slovakia a third-minute lead, but set up the equaliser for Eric Dier and then netted a sumptuous 20-yard victor in the second half.

The controversy generated by Alli overshadowed a positive evening for England, who now require two points from their final two group games against Slovenia and Lithuania to qualify for next year's World Cup.

England didn't really pressure Slovakia, but they did find the equalizer on a set piece, with Rashford's low corner going straight to the right boot of Eric Dier, who found the top corner with a really good finish to equalize.

An early Marcus Rashford blunder put England on the back foot but the 19-year-old forward made amends by scoring the victor to put his side five points clear in Europe Group F with two rounds remaining.

However, they got off to the worst possible start when Rashford was caught in possession just outside his own penalty area, allowing Lobotka to play a neat one-two with Adam Nemec and slot the ball past a hapless Joe Hart.

Nemanja Matic Man Utd Chelsea
GETTY Nemanja Matic has been superb for Man Utd since leaving Chelsea

Marcus Rashford was lively as Sterling's replacement and the tactically disciplined Danny Welbeck grabbed a goal on his first appearance under Southgate. "At times he has to do better but his work on the ball, the maturity of his performance and his ability to go past people was devastating to the opposition and lifted the whole crowd".

Denmark thrashed Armenia 4-1 away, thanks to a hat trick from Thomas Delaney and a free kick by Christian Eriksen, to stay three points adrift of Poland.

Slovakia are on a good run, having won their last five qualification games, scoring 13 goals and conceding just two in those fixtures.

Here are three quick thoughts from Monday's World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

"It's a privilege that we have got him with us".

"That is the objective and to do it in the way we did [was great]".

"I don't agree with this opinion that England have missed a trick with Gareth Southgate".




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