Cheat sheet: How England's Marcus Rashford rewrote the record books against Australia


Remember when everyone was saying Marcus Rashford hadn't done enough to earn a place in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad? Yeah, forget that.

The 18-year-old became the youngest player ever to score on his first England appearance as the Three Lions beat Australia 2-1 in their warm-up friendly.

Here's what happened...

The game in one line

Marcus Rashford likes debuts.

Key moments

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring for England
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1. Well, Rashford's goal, obviously (3 minutes). It could prove to be a key moment beyond the match if this proves to be the start of a long and fruitful England career - less so if he turns out to be more like this guy.

In some ways, though, it was the worst thing that could have happened to the game. The sense that the game's big moment had already been and gone hung over the rest of a pretty limp encounter. Ah, England friendlies. Don't ever change. (Seriously - please change.)

2. Wayne Rooney came on after the break and scored a second (55). He was given a whole hemisphere of space when he was set up by Raheem Sterling but he finished it emphatically enough to remind you why he was once the Rashford-esque great young hope of English football.

3. Eric Dier stepped off the bench to bag himself an own goal (75). The goal itself was neither here nor there - 2-0 or 2-1 in a friendly makes precisely no difference - but it served as a very vivid demonstration of how low England's defensive stocks are. England fans must pray for the good health - and form - or Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill and John Stones.

Who played well?

John Stones playing for England
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Aside from Rashford, Stones was improved at the heart of England's defence - though as a unit the back four still looked shaky. Sterling grew into the game and Rooney had a touch of class about him when he came on.

Who played badly?

He only got 45 minutes but Wilshere certainly didn't do much to enhance his reputation among fans who can't understand why Hodgson keeps picking him. Perhaps the more crucial question would be who didn't play at all - the sight of Daniel Sturridge pouting on the bench while Rashford enhanced his reputation could be the last image we have of the Liverpool man this summer.

Key stats

There were lots of Rashford stats doing the rounds, but what they all added up to is: he's really young and really good at football.

Tactics check

Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring for England
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This was very much England's B team. Roy sent them out in a diamond formation with Raheem Sterling alongside Rashford up top. Adam Lallana and Jack Wilshere were given the chance to fail to impress at the tip and base of the diamond - and they grabbed it with both hands.

They went 4-3-3 in the second half, when Rooney came on to take up the central striker role. They were certainly more lively after the break, so put a little tick next to Rooney's name.

What next?

Roy Hodgson.
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England head back to Wembley to face Portugal on Thursday in their last friendly before Euro 2016, which starts two weeks tonight. Roy's boys make their bow on June 11 against Russia. Before that though, Hodgson will name his final 23 on Tuesday. Will Rashford be in it?