Gareth Southgate once again delighted the English fans, far from heckling.
Against Wales, not only did the selection changes pay off, but tactical adjustments for the second half of the World Cup Group B final also paid off.
Alongside Harry Kane in Al Rayyan’s forward line, Phil Foden switched to the left flank and Marcus Rashford moved to the right.
Rashford and Foden scored within six minutes of the second half.
A powerful free kick from Rashford opened the scoring and the goal was dedicated to his friend Garfield Hayward.
“He’s been battling cancer for quite some time, so I’m happy to score for him,” the striker said.
“He has always been my big supporter.
“He was such a wonderful person and I’m so happy to have him in my life.”
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Rashford appeared on the scoresheet again thanks to his outstanding skill. It was England’s ninth goal in the group stage of the tournament and third in Qatar.
A chance to charm an England side who may have been away from Rashford before resurrecting at Manchester United this season.
“I went to see him over the summer and had a long talk with him,” Southgate said. “He had some clear ideas about what he thought and felt the need to act. .
“His performances this year show his happiness at the club.”
Southgate also pleased Phil Foden. Phil Foden scored his second for England after being set up by Harry Kane for his first World Cup goal.
This is a tournament where England does not rely on Kane for goals.
The Golden Boot winner, who scored six goals in 2018 when England reached the semi-finals, is the most three assists by an Englishman at a World Cup since David Beckham 20 years ago.
And Qatar has at least one more game scheduled, with Senegal next in Sunday’s Round of 16.
After sending Wales home and a little rest instead of beer.
“There’s been a lot of milkshakes coming back to the hotel. Everything’s different,” Southgate said.
Just as it is the first time against African champions Senegal.
“Big business starts now,” said Southgate.
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