Marcus Rashford fired in a brilliant effort from long range to secure all three points for England in an all-important Group F encounter against Slovakia.
England came into the match on the back of a shaky 4-0 win against Malta. And as the match started, the Three Lions’ worst fears seemed to be heading towards realisation as Slovakia took the lead. Eric Dier soon equalized but it looked like the match was going towards a 1-1 draw.
Marcus Rashford, though, was to have a say. The player let rip a brilliant long-range effort – one which found the bottom corner and got England the much needed 3 points.
And, as is often the case, Rashford was the toast of Twitter on the night as people hailed the Manchester United academy graduate, especially after an early mistake from the player had seen Slovakia grab the lead.
Marcus Rashford during this international break:
129 minutes ⏱
2 assists 🅰️
1 goal ⚽️
A huge impact. pic.twitter.com/Wz9WNobI1w
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 4, 2017
Marcus Rashford after his mistake vs Slovakia:
⚽️ Goals: 1
🎯 Assists: 1
🍾 MOTM: 1
Incredible attitude 👏 pic.twitter.com/4mPGH3eUlY
— SPORF (@Sporf) September 5, 2017
Marcus Rashford. What a talented teenager….
— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) September 4, 2017
Marcus Rashford. First of his name. pic.twitter.com/kJXHRLSWU9
— MK, 1st Of His Name. (@_MidKnightGaz) September 4, 2017
Marcus Rashford scores a screamer 🔥💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/iLfeulMggy
— Man Utd Channel (@ManUtdChannel) September 4, 2017
England fans in a nutshell.
Rashford partially at fault for goal conceded. BOOOOOOO!!!!
Goal and assist later…. 👀
Absolute weapons. pic.twitter.com/T5dJFOUbi1
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) September 4, 2017
Scored on his debut, given 0/10 by The Times at Euro ’16, booed at Wembley. Rashford’s only 19 but his England career is basically complete.
— Sam Homewood (@SamHomewood) September 4, 2017
— Saurabh Killekar (@svk260398) September 5, 2017
Gareth Southgate, though, bore the brunt of the fans again after what seemed like a lackluster performance from England.
Gareth Southgate looks like the kind of guy who knows where every fire exit in Wembley is situated
— Si Ferry (@siferry8) September 4, 2017
I’ve said it before but…If I was stuck on a desert island with Gareth Southgate and a tin of ham; I’d eat Southgate & talk to the ham.
— Ben Richardson (@BenRichardson_2) September 4, 2017
Why are England going into the World Cup with Gareth Southgate as the manager and Joe Hart in goal? pic.twitter.com/KQosNFot3W
— Charlie (@AnfIeldNotion) September 4, 2017
— Holte End Villains (@AstonVillaHB) September 4, 2017
Anyone know why Southgate is playing Rashford on the right and the Ox on the left when neither have played in those positions all season?
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) September 4, 2017
S’alright though, Gareth Southgate has got two holding midfielders playing. pic.twitter.com/JTNXkReLXJ
— Coral (@Coral) September 4, 2017
— SirAngesFluffysnatch (@Fluffysnatch) September 4, 2017
Joe Hart was not spared either.
Joe Hart couldn’t save a Word document.
— Elliot Hackney (@ElliotHackney) September 4, 2017
To be fair to Joe Hart in that situation, he’s a very bad goalkeeper who shouldn’t be playing international football.
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOE_UK) September 4, 2017
Good to see Joe Hart carrying across his club form to international level.
— Coral (@Coral) September 4, 2017
Joe Hart pic.twitter.com/D5x59TQq3s
— Matthew (@MatthewWheat_) September 4, 2017