Marcus Rashford’s dream season continued at the Stadium of Light on Friday night, with the Manchester United starlet scoring just two minutes and 19 seconds into his senior England debut. The goal, along with a second-half effort from sub Wayne Rooney helped the Three Lions to a 2-1 win in their penultimate friendly before EURO 2016.
With Rashford full of energy in attack, the Three Lions looked potent up front. The teenager’s goal came courtesy of a fine volley early on and his performance throughout his 63 minutes of action could well have booked his place in Roy Hodgson’s squad for next month’s finals.
Rashford’s United teammate Rooney looked sharp in his second-half display, firing home on 55 minutes after good work from Raheem Sterling.
Australia produced a decent performance themselves, but despite firing in more shots than their hosts, they rarely troubled Fraser Forster.
However, once again England’s backline looked vulnerable, with sub Eric Dier (in a central defensive role) heading into how own net late on.
Next up for England is a final warm-up game against Portugal on June 2nd at Wembley. However, before than Hodgson will need to cut his 26-man squad down to 23, with the injured Daniel Sturridge (who watched Rashford’s fine debut from the stands) surely in danger of missing out on France.