England have qualified for the last 16 of the 2022 Qatar World Cup after three second-half goals against Wales.

Two goals from Marcus Rashford and a strike for Phil Foden’s saw glory for the Three Lions who topped their group with the victory.

Rashford’s second goal was England’s 100th scored at the World Cup, while it made him just the second Manchester United player to score 3+ goals for the Three Lions at a major tournament after Bobby Charlton (1966 World Cup).

After the match, England Manager Gareth Southgate speaking on BBC One said: 

“I thought in the first half we controlled the game but didn’t create enough chances. We wanted more thrust and threat, to play forward quicker. Once we got the two goals, we knew their spirit was gone, it has been a tough tournament for them.”

Speaking about Marcus Rashford’s two spectacular goals, Manager Southgate said:

“It’s great for him, he has trained really well. He has been impressive since he came back to us, he could have had a hat-trick. That free kick is what he is capable, it’s an incredible strike.

“In moments I thought both of them [Rashford and Foden] were quiet in the first half, so we switched wings. They responded well, for both to get goals was great.”

Marcus Rashford added: 

“It’s obviously a great feeling. We were disappointed as a team after the last game, we could have played a lot better. The only way to bounce back is to play better in your next game.

“Moments like this, this is what I play football for. I am really happy today to be going into the next round of the tournament, because I have massive ambition for this team and I think we can go a lot further.”

England will now play Senegal in the last 16 at 7pm on Sunday.


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