Rashford puts England on brink of World Cup qualification


Marcus Rashford scored the victor for England as they came from behind to beat Slovakia 2-1 in a World Cup 2017 qualifier at Wembley tonight.

Marcus Rashford admits he went "back to basics" to help England all-but book their place at next summer's World Cup with a 2-1 win over Slovakia.

England moved a step closer to Russian Federation 2018 with a deserved 2-1 win over Slovakia at Wembley.

"We didn't start the game well but I was pleased with the way the players reacted on the field".

England, obviously, are nowhere near the worldwide game's top tier but they showed character and resilience to get the job done without suggesting at any point they might make a serious impact at next summer's finals.

"Before the double-header against Slovenia and England, we wanted to have the situation in our own hands before the last two games and we still have the situation in our own hands", he said.

Rashford's corner was poorly struck but Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dier showed a striker's instinct to get ahead of his marker and sweep a right-footed shot past Martin Dubravka.

The draw that sealed Cameroon's World Cup fate came three days after it was beaten in Nigeria 4-0. Yes, Slovakia are a better team than Malta but surely at home, with an array of Premier League stars, we should expect more than just trying not to be beaten?

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"This English side is very exciting, they have a great future ahead", Kozak said Sunday.

At that stage England had been knocked off top spot in Group F and were potentially looking at a play-off to secure World Cup qualification, although parity and a surge of relief was forthcoming prior to half-time. "I've played in nights like this and, if you don't get a couple of early goals, the atmosphere can turn".

"His work without the ball was top drawer, he really took intelligent positions, pressed them all over and his work with the ball was excellent".

Rashford, Kane and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain responded with efforts of varying inaccuracy as the hosts struggled to make inroads.

Southgate's team selection, with Jake Livermore partnering Jordan Henderson in central midfield, suggested he saw the game more as a tune-up opportunity than a chance for England to boost their goal difference.

Mesut Ozil got Germany off to a flying start, then set up Julian Draxler, before Thomas Mueller set up Werner with his heel for Germany's third with just 21 minutes played.

"In the end, the build-up of pressure opposition mounts and you get your goals".