The Three Lions lost 2-1 to Croatia in their semi-final at Russia 2018
Marcus Rashford has declared that England will be looking to make amends against their World Cup conquerors Croatia in the UEFA Nations League this Friday.
Gareth Southgate’s men were beaten by an extra time Mario Mandzukic strike at the semi-final stage of Russia 2018 and the Manchester United forward eyes this week’s match as a chance to right the wrong.
“I think both games [against Croatia and Spain] are going to be really good games for us,” Rashford began in his interview with Kick Off on talkSPORT.
“We have to start getting over the line against these bigger countries in the world and there’s no two better opponents to do that against.
“I think going into the games we know what to expect from both of them and they’re both top sides, we have to work more on our qualities and hopefully bring home three points.”
When asked directly if he sees Friday’s match as an opportunity for revenge, the 20-year-old was hesitant to commit.
“It’s not so much revenge, but we don’t need any added incentive to go there and beat them.
“I think what happened in Russia has left a mark on all of us in the country and this is an opportunity to try and put that right.”
Prior to the announcement of the new England squad for their upcoming matches against Croatia and Spain, it was confirmed that Gareth Southgate had signed a new contract to remain as manager of the nation.
The new deal will keep the boss in place until 2022, and Rashford sees this as a big positive for the team.
“I think that’s been a big boost for the players and the staff. I think having that sort of stability within a group is vital and it will hopefully lead to us winning trophies.
“Everyone’s happy with the manager here and I think that’s a big part of it all.
“We have to be happy to play under him and we all are. He gives us the foundation to go out and express ourselves so that’s been a positive.”