Marcus Rashford stole the headlines in England’s 2-1 win over Slovakia for both the right and wrong reasons.
After only three minutes Rashford lost the ball on the edge of England’s box and Slovakia made him pay for his mistake by going 1-0 up but instead of cowering away, Rashford took it upon himself to make amends.
Rashford’s corner was converted by Eric Dier to equalise for England before half-time and his stunning goal just before the hour proved to be the winner. A goal and assist in response to adversity? That’s what stars do.
And fans heaped praise on the talented teenager:
Marcus Rashford is a gem 💎
— cesi (@cesigar9) September 4, 2017
Watch live on @ITV right now!
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— ITV Football (@itvfootball) September 4, 2017
Shows Rashford mental strength that he has overcome early mistake to set up on and score another tonight
— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) September 4, 2017
Lovely! Many would have wilted after error but Rashford hasn't hidden since and it's a wonderful dipping strike to put Eng 2-1 up #character
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) September 4, 2017
Underrated quality about Rashford is he doesn't go into hiding. Always wants to get on the ball, regardless of how it's going for him.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) September 4, 2017
Rashford is such a gem and this performance against Slovakia deserves plenty of praise. Some would shy away from the spotlight but Rashford took centre stage and turned negativity into positivity with a goal and an assist.
United fans already love Rashford and now England fans are starting to properly understand just how much of a gem he is.