Rashford has ‘massive ambition’ for rampant England. After cruising into the round of 16 with a 3-0 victory over Wales on Tuesday, Marcus Rashford thinks England’s World Cup performance is just getting started.
In the battle for the Golden Boot, Rashford scored twice in the second half to join a group of four players who are all tied on three goals.
The Three Lions advanced to Sunday’s match against Senegal thanks to goals from Phil Foden and other players.
“This is what I play football for—the biggest moments, the best moments,” Rashford told the BBC.
“I’m really happy today that we’re going through to the next round. “I have massive ambitions for this team and think we can play even better than we did today.”
Despite drawing their second group match 0-0 against the United States, England leads the tournament in scoring with nine goals.
Gareth Southgate made four changes from that game, including the addition of Rashford, saying the team was eager to make up for a poor showing.
“We were a little bit disappointed as a team after the last game against the USA.” “I thought we could have played a lot better, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in the next game, and we did that,” added Rashford.
“In the first half, we defended brilliantly, didn’t give them any opportunities, and it was just about us killing the game off and taking the chances when they came.”
Before being selected for Southgate’s squad for Qatar, Rashford had not played for England since the Euro 2020 championship game. This was due to a sharp decline in form for Manchester United.
But his eight goals for United this year were more than enough to persuade the England manager that he was deserving of a call-up and was fully deserving of his selection.
“It’s great for him; he’s trained really well,” said Southgate. “I have to say he’s really been impressive since he came back here with us.”
While Southgate was pleased to see no lapse in focus against a Welsh team whose first World Cup campaign since 1958 ended at the group stage, despite England’s 6-2 thrashing of Iran in their opening match to get their tournament off to a flying start, he was irked by the concession of two late goals.
“In the first half, we really controlled the game.” “We didn’t create enough clear chances, just Marcus’ one when he ran in behind, so we wanted a little bit more thrust and threat in their final third,” added Southgate.
“Second half, once we’ve got the two goals, we knew that their spirit was probably gone. It’s been a tough tournament for them. “I thought we kept our discipline and quality all the way to the end.”