Rashford is backing England to start after their 3-0 win over Wales

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Marcus Rashford led England to victory over Wales

Marcus Rashford believes there is more to come from England after his brace helped secure a 3-0 win over Wales.

Rashford, 25, was started in boss Gareth Southgate’s World Cup clash and repaid that faith with two stunning goals to help the Three Lions secure top spot in Group B.

Phil Foden scored another goal of the night, as Southgate’s side prepare for their last-16 clash with Senegal on Sunday.

England finished on seven points, thanks to their 6-2 win over Iran and a goalless draw with the United States and Rashford believes the team has more to give in their next game in Qatar.

The Manchester United forward said: “I’m very happy, I’m happy that we’re through to the next round.

“Hopefully we can build on this performance because I have big ambitions for this team and I think we can do much better than we showed today.

“It’s moments like this, this is what I play football for. The biggest moments, the best moments.

“It’s definitely a great feeling. We’re a bit disappointed as a team after the last game against the United States.

“I think we can play a lot better and the only way to bounce back from that is to do well in the next game and I think we did.

“First half, we defended brilliantly, we didn’t really give them chances and it was just about us turning the game off and taking chances when they came.”

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Gareth’s delight

Gareth Southgate hugs Marcus Rashford after the England striker’s brace
Southgate hailed his star winger, who converted a free-kick after 50 minutes to open the scoring.

Foden scored England’s second later, before a quick run and finish from Rashford sealed victory.

Three Lions boss Southgate, 52, said: “It’s good for him. He’s training very well, I must say.

“He’s been really impressive since he came back with us. He can really score hat-tricks, chances in the first half, those at the near post in the second half.

“Free kicks, that’s what he’s capable of, it’s an absolutely incredible strike.”

Woe to the Welsh

Daniel James was unable to help Wales avoid defeat against England
Wales ended their first World Cup campaign in 64 years with just one point, having drawn their opening meeting with the US before losing 2-0 to Iran.

Winger Daniel James failed to make an impact against England, and was left to rue what a tough night for the Dragons.

James, 25, said: “We always knew it would be difficult. I think we defended well in moments but they can score with anything.

“Conceding early [in the second half] killed us. Against these top teams it’s difficult to concede once, but twice in five minutes, it’s very difficult to come back.

“The game left us after that. We have to see for ourselves – we are very proud to be here, now we are concentrating on qualifying for the next Euros.

“I want to thank all the fans who came here, you guys are amazing.”

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