Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has revealed what Luke Shaw told him seconds before Marcus Rashford scored a free-kick against Wales in the World Cup.
The Manchester United forward made his first Qatar World Cup start against Wales earlier this week, having started on the bench in the previous two games against Iran and the USA.
He put out a man of the match performance after scoring twice to help England beat Wales 3-0 and proceed to the round of 16 as the winners of Group B.
Rashford broke the deadlock shortly after the interval with a superb free-kick and would go on to receive widespread praise across social media including from his team-mates and Gareth Southgate.
Jordan Henderson, who was among the players that stood alongside Marcus Rashford before the free-kick was taken, said Luke Shaw told the players to let Rashford take the penalty because he felt the Manchester United no.10 would score.
“Just before, we were talking about who was gonna take it and I remember Shawry [Luke Shaw] saying ‘just let Marcus take it, he’s gonna score’.
“We were like alright, fair enough, as long as he scores and he delivered.”
Marcus Rashford has scored three goals in the Qatar World Cup so far in three appearances, although in two, he came on as a second half substitute.
The Man United forward is in contention to start against Senegal in the round of 16 alongside Harry Kane, thanks to his current form.
Gareth Southgate has agreed that Marcus Rashford has improved on his form and is in a totally different form in the World Cup than he was at the Euro 2020.
Speaking after Rashford’s man of the match performance, he said: “I saw him [Marcus Rashford] in the summer and [we] had a long chat.
“He had some clear ideas on things he felt he needed to think about and do. With his club there’s happiness in his performances this year, and that’s shown in training.
“We’ve got a different version completely to the player that we had in the Euros last summer. He’s managed to produce those moments tonight, he could’ve had a hat-trick, but it’s great for him and it’s great for us.”