Marcus Rashford is hopeful that England have learned their lessons from their disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, and it can inspire the side at this summer’s coveted FIFA World Cup, 2018 in Russia.
The Three Lions crashed out of the mega tournament in France in the round of 16 after losing to Iceland.
Rashford was just 18 during that competition. But, subsequently got highly disappointed with the way England crashed out of the continental championship.
“The feeling of losing is a nasty feeling. Sometimes when you speak to people they don’t really understand the feeling,” Rashford told Guardian.
The 20-year Rashford had played just one international game when he was selected to go to Euro 2016.
However, he has become a regular feature in the England team since then, representing the national team 17 times since the Euro campaign.
“We’ll definitely take the things that happened in that tournament into the next one because that’s going to put us in good stead,” he added.
The Manchester United (MU) forward remarked England have improved in the last few months. Adding it is the right time to deliver.
“We have to express ourselves. Over the last 18 months or so we have improved as a team. We have to go there and show everyone that we have improved as a team,” Rashford insisted.
The Three Lions are warming up for the showpiece event in Russia in style. They defeated Nigeria 2-1 in a World Cup warm-up match at Wembley on Saturday.
“If we do anything less than that then we are going to be disappointed in ourselves,” Marcus Rashford maintained.
Gary Cahill and skipper Harry Kane were on target for Gareth Southgate’s team. They will now host Costa Rica in Leeds on June 7 before flying to Russia.
Harry Kane and his men will open their campaign against Group G rivals Tunisia on June 18.