By Mark Weasley
England rounded off their 2018 World Cup Qualifying rounds unbeaten having secured a 1-0 win away against Lithuania. In-form Tottenham striker Harry Kane was the difference again after putting the Three Lions ahead in the 27th minute with a penalty in the first half after his Spurs team-mate Dele Alli was brought down in the box.
It was Harry Kane’s 15th goal of the season for both club and country so far this season. However, with the Three Lions having secured their place at the World Cup finals in Russia next year with a win against Slovenia last week Thursday, today’s game was mere formality and was more about ending their qualifying campaign enroute to the World Cup on a high. The last time the Three Lions lost a qualification game was dated back to October 2009, a run of 39 games without tasting defeat.
Harry Kane might have grabbed the headlines but Marcus Rashford was one of the positives for England manager Gareth Southgate as the 19-year-old continued his impressive form for both club and country. It wasn’t a straight forward win for England with the hosts defending deep for majority of the game and were difficult to break down, but United forward Marcus Rashford gave the fans something to cheer about could have added to England’s tally after embarrassing two Lithuania defenders before his powerful strike was saved by the Lithuanian goalkeeper Setkus in the 38th minute.
Below is what fans have been saying about Marcus Rashord’s performance on social media platform, twitter:
The only time England are worth watching is when Rashford is on the ball.
— Endee Football (@EndeeFootball) October 8, 2017
Rashford makes England look WAY more exciting than they are…we barely beat Lithuania because Ali got kicked over ? #LITENG
— FuntCase | DPMO (@FuntCaseUK) October 8, 2017
@England should give Rashford free rein in an attacking central position. Let him terrorise defences a d fuck sterling off
— Mark Vickers (@back2grassroots) October 8, 2017
Marcus Rashford is England's most exciting player. Has to be a starter in Russia
— a (@ManUtdYeezy) October 8, 2017
Marcus Rashford is such a positive player I can’t wait ‘til playing in th England national team turns him to shit
— Jack Farish (@FarishJackC) October 8, 2017
If Rashford was brazilian & played for city and Jesus was english & played for utd everyone would say Rashford was better
— Alfie? (@AngeIGxmes) October 8, 2017
Rashford attitude – I'm going out there to make a difference.
Everyone else – Please don't drop me from the squad!!
— @ThePapaBurg (@collectivetrout) October 8, 2017
The only player who’s looked good throughout most games for England in the qualifiers is Rashford in my opinion and he’s only 20…
— SC⭕️TT (@_Scott11) October 8, 2017
The England international is known for his blistering pace, dribbling and finishing, he has enjoyed a brilliant start to the season scoring 5 goals and providing the same number of assists in all competitions for us this season in 10 games which means he has a hand in every match.