Marcus Rashford reacts to match-winning performance vs Wales

Marcus Rashford back to form at right time for England
Marcus Rashford back to form at right time for England / Alex Livesey - Danehouse/GettyImages

Marcus Rashford said it was a ‘great feeling’ to fire England into the last 16 of the World Cup.

The Manchester United man scored twice in the 3-0 win over Wales with the first coming from a free-kick – the first scored at the World Cup so far.

Rashford has had his troubles with form over the last couple of years, and he was just happy to see it all coming back together at the perfect time.

“I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position,” Rashford told BBC Sport. “From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.

“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came."

England enjoyed plenty of the ball in the first half but they had to wait until after the break for the game to open up.

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“At half-time the manager said we’d played really but that we could work the keeper more,” Rashford said. “In the second half we did that.

“Moments like this, this is what I play football for. I’m really happy that we’re going through and I hope we can build on this performance. I have massive ambition for this team and I think we play even better.”

Rashford has been a surprise revelation in Qatar, and is now joint-top goalscorer at the World Cup with Kylian Mbappe, Cody Gakpo and Enner Valencia.