England’s two-goal hero Marcus Rashford reveals Gareth Southgate’s half-time team-talk of ‘needing more shots’ inspired the second-half blitz in World Cup win over Wales… and vows the Three Lions can play ‘even better’
Marcus Rashford has revealed Gareth Southgate‘s half-time team-talk helped fire England on to a much improved second half to see off Wales 3-0 in the World Cup.
Rashford blasted England ahead with a free-kick five minutes after half-time, with Phil Foden adding another goal a minute later before Rashford scored again with 22 minutes to play.
It capped an excellent display from England who despite controlling the first period offered little in the way of threat to Wales, with Rashford admitting England boss Southgate demanded more of his team in the second period.
Marcus Rashford scored twice for England as they defeated Wales 3-0 at the World Cup
Rashford followed up a free-kick with a low strike to beat Danny Ward in the Wales goal
‘At half-time, the manager said we’ve played well but but we need more shots on goal – I think we only had two or three,’ Rashford told BBC Sport.
‘We wanted to work the keeper more and get into dangerous positions, which I thought we were doing in the first half, and in the second half we made them count.
Rashford’s strike after the break soon set the tone for England, with the Manchester United forward admitting his set-piece special from 25 yards came after practicing free-kicks in training.
He added: ‘I fancied [a free-kick] in the first half but it was a better position for the second. I just tried to be calm and execute what you’ve done in training.’
Rashford was later substituted by Gareth Southgate who was delighted with his display
England have now stormed into the last-16 of the World Cup finals in Qatar as group winners and it puts memories of a poor performance against the United States in the past.
The Three Lions were left hanging on to a 0-0 draw against the USA and Rashford claims the result inspired England to bounce back on Tuesday night at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
‘We were a little bit disappointed after the USA result,’ he added. ‘[I] Thought we could’ve played a lot better and it was important to have a good performance the next game.
‘We defended brilliantly in the first half and it was just about killing the game off early and taking the chances in the game.’
England’s 3-0 victory takes them into the last-16 where they will play Senegal on Sunday
England will now play Senegal in the last-16 on Sunday with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.
Even with the much improved display, Rashford still believes there is more to come from England at the finals.
‘Moments like this, this is what I play football for,’ he said. ‘The biggest moments, the best moments. I’m happy we are going through to the next round of the tournament because I have massive ambitions for this team and I think we can play even better than we did today.’
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