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England are in tournament mode


Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford

England manager Gareth Southgate is in tournament mode as he aims to follow up Nations League victory against Belgium with a Wembley win over Denmark.

The Three Lions moved to the top of Nations League Group A2 with a comeback win over the top-ranked team in the world on Sunday. Romelu Lukaku put Belgium ahead from the penalty spot before Marcus Rashford levelled with a penalty of his own and the 2-1 win was secured courtesy of a deflected Mason Mount strike. While there were factors which made the victory something of a lucky one, Southgate said after the game that beating a team of the calibre of Belgium showed his young players what was possible in the future.

Rashford, too, said the players had proven to themselves that they could beat the best - having lost to Roberto Martinez's side twice during the 2018 World Cup.

England reached the inaugural finals of the Nations League, finishing third after qualifying from a group which also contained Spain and Croatia.

Southgate heralded the competition for throwing up top-class fixtures on a regular basis but wants to see England take another step to next year's finals with victory over Denmark tomorrow.

"We are not going to face a more complicated game defensively, I think," he said of Belgium. "That would have taken an enormous amount of out us and we are now in a situation where we have to back that up and we have got to get that right."

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