Marcus Rashford wound up with activated tear glands following England’s win over Sweden today. The Three Lions bossed the Swedes on the way to a comfortable 2-0 win.
Harry Maguire gave them a first-half lead with a header off a set-piece. Dele Alli added a second shortly after the break, following a sumptuous build-up play.
Rashford came on as a substitute with the game already in the bag. He was overcome by the gravity of his team’s achievements, letting some tears fall down his cheeks following the game.
He then rose to console several Swedish players in a display of true class. Among those he took particular care to engage in a tete-a-tete was his fellow club teammate Victor Lindelof.
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Gareth Southgate was upbeat, and took care to assign credit to everyone in the post-game presser: “I can’t speak highly enough of the whole squad and all of the staff. It is so united, the level of work and commitment to each other has been great.
“You don’t get through with just 11 players. Some of the guys haven’t had a lot of time on the pitch but their mentality in training – the likes of Jones, Cahill, Welbeck – are as big a reason why we’re in the semi-finals as any other.
“We have to stay seven or eight days anyway so we might as well play in the final. ‘We’ve approached every game in that way, we don’t know who we play yet.
“Playing Russia in Moscow will be an incredible game to be involved in but let’s see. We enjoy tonight, I hope everyone at home does too, it’s not very often this happens.
“The managers that have got England to semi-finals are people I hugely respect so to be involved now is an incredible feeling.”