Wednesday 25 April 2018

Marcus Rashford marks England debut with goal

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring on his England debut against Australia on Friday
Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring on his England debut against Australia on Friday

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford scored less than three minutes into his England debut as the Three Lions beat Australia 2-1.

Striker Rashford, who only made his senior club debut for United in February, put the hosts ahead after just 138 seconds at the Stadium of Light.

It was just his fourth touch in international football and, with Daniel Sturridge an injury doubt, put the 18-year-old in pole position to go to Euro 2016 this summer.

Boss Roy Hodgson has to name his final 23-man squad before Tuesday's deadline with England due to face Russia, Wales and Slovakia in France.

Wayne Rooney scored his 52nd England strike after coming off the bench in the second half but an own goal from Tottenham's Eric Dier made it a nervy last 15 minutes for the hosts.

Kyle Lafferty, Conor Washington and Will Grigg netted for Northern Ireland as they continued their build-up to Euro 2016 with a 3-0 win over Belarus in Belfast.

Norwich striker Lafferty scored after six minutes on his 50th international appearance before QPR hitman Washington doubled their lead just before half-time and Wigan's Grigg wrapped it up late on.

Shane Long's goal was not enough to beat Holland as the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 in Dublin. The Southampton striker opened the scoring only for Luuk de Jong's late header to seal a draw.

They now face Belarus on Tuesday with boss Martin O'Neill not expected to name his final squad for France until after the game.

Adam Nemec struck twice and Adam Zrelak scored as Slovakia beat Georgia 3-1 as they prepare for the European Championships.

Levan Kenia pulled one back for Georgia but Slovakia, who face England, Wales and Russia in Group B in the summer, were comfortable winners.

The Czech Republic romped to a 6-0 victory over Malta as Arsenal keeper Petr Cech broke the country's appearance record.

The 34-year-old made his 119th international appearance while captain Tomas Rosicky returned to the squad for the first time since last June.

Jaroslav Plasil opened the scoring after 15 minutes before Milan Skoda and Roman Hubnik made it 3-0 before half-time. Substitute strikers David Lafata, Tomas Necid and Patrik Schick all then scored late in the second half.

Elsewhere, former Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric bagged the winner in Croatia's 1-0 victory over Moldova.

The 24-year-old left the Barclays Premier League champions for Hoffenheim this week after a difficult 18-month spell at the King Power Stadium.

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