Marcus Rashford has come a long way in the past 3 years. While this is not his first major tournament for the Three Lions (he was also a member of their Euro 2016 squad), the World Cup is the ultimate prize in the footballing pantheon, and this is the youngster’s first experience of the biggest stage in world football.
In the tweet, Rashford thanks his mother for being a constant support throughout his footballing career – the forward began his Manchester United career as a youth academy player at the tender age of 7.
After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! 🦁🦁🦁 pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018
The talented starlet has been kicking about for a lot longer than that – his mother would berate him for constantly breaking something or the other in the Rashford household.
He rose to prominence in the Manchester United setup following his debut start against Midtjylland in the Europa League round of 32 game, in which he scored 2 goals.
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Rashford furthered his urban legend by scoring twice in his first Premier League start against Arsenal – a game which United won 3-2 despite being heavily undermanned for the fixture.
The Englishman was also the difference-maker in the Manchester derby, leading United to a 1-0 victory over City with the only goal of the game.
Hodgson named him in the international squad in mid-May, capping off a dream debut season for the rookie striker, who was aged just 18 at the time.
Two years on, Rashford has furthered his big-game reputation by netting twice against Liverpool. He has since been shifted from the role of central striker to that of a left forward, but his dribbling ability, pure pace, and composure mark him out as one of the most dangerous all-around forwards in world football.
Given his excellence over the past two seasons despite playing in an unfamiliar role, selection in England’s 2018 World Cup squad was almost a certainty, and Rashford has provided a mushy moment for Twitterati to hold on to.