Gareth Southgate: We reminded attacking players of their threat

Gareth Southgate: We reminded attacking players of their threat

England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed just what he said to Marcus Rashford and his other attacking players before their 3-2 victory over Spain.

The Three Lions front three were fluid, dynamic and deadly, putting their opponents to the sword by scoring thrice before half-time.

Unfortunately Southgate’s men took their foot off the gas in the second half and conceded twice but the win was still sweet to most fans.

Rashford featured alongside Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling and all three players were involved in one goal or the other.

The Manchester United grabbed a goal and an assist himself leaving supporters more than satisfied with his performance.

According to Manchester Evening News, Gareth said to Sky Sports: “We spoke to the forward players in particular before the game to remind them what a threat they are, and the three of them were outstanding, causing all sorts of problems all night, a tremendous threat.

“Then it was up to the rest of the team to come out and play, be brave, and we did that really well.

“[The 4-3-3 formation] allowed us to press better, but you still need the players to play, receive the ball under pressure.

“If you can get out of their initial press quickly, then we are a threat on the counter. The finishes were excellent. I’m delighted and now we have to keep building.”

Jose Mourinho employs the same formation at United but to a far less effect given how they’ve played this season.

Some fans were even baffled by how good Rashford was for England given he was even used as a left-winger.

However, his role with the Red Devils and his country couldn’t be more different if anyone wanted it to be.

Mourinho has Marcus in more restricted role with plenty more defensive responsibility almost as though he’s a left midfielder instead.

With England however, he’s allowed to interchange with Harry Kane along with playing far more narrow almost as a left-forward instead.

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