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22nd Dec 2022

Rashford responds to being snubbed by Southgate with unbelievable solo goal

Jack Peat

Rashford was bizarrely benched at the World Cup after ensuring England qualified with a brace against Wales

Marcus Rashford sent a strong message to England manager Gareth Southgate after scoring a sublime solo goal against Burnley in his first game back for Manchester United.

The striker was bizarrely benched in the knock-out stages, despite helping England progress with a brilliant brace against Wales.

Southgate’s decision to leave in-form Rashford out drew a lot of criticism from pundits.

But as they say, there is only one way to respond to getting dropped – and that’s by putting in performances like this.

The No 10 collected inside Manchester United’s half and, after turning the afterburners on, propelled himself at Jordan Beyer along the right.

Rashford’s slick footwork bedazzled the Burnley man and in a flash, Bailey Peacock-Farrell was beaten by a laser of a finish, on the angle, from inside the area.

The goal helped United progress into the next round of the Carabao Cup, and led to Vincent Kompany heaping praise on the twinkle-toes striker.

“I thought that both goals were worked really well,” he said after the match. “The pass from Fernandes is perfect and for Ian (Maatsen), a young full-back, he needs to learn to anticipate these balls. Then as well, the centre-backs, the young centre-backs, are going to learn to anticipate that ball going square again.

“I thought there was a lot of quality in the pass. Again, the goal we conceded from Rashford was a lot of quality on the counter, and that was always going to be a danger for us.”

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