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Maturity of Marcus Rashford can help end England’s hurt

WATCHING the gutsy manner in which Marcus Rashford bounced back from the dreadful blunder that had left a weary nation once again readying itself for embarrassment on the football pitch, it was easy to forget that his 20th birthday is still almost eight weeks away.

England's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring the winning goal at Wembley. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA

HIGHLIGHTS: England 2 Slovakia 1 - England look on the bright side after Rashford atones in fine style

GARETH SOUTHGATE, as he made clear in the wake of last Friday’s stinging criticism from the terraces during the laboured victory over Malta, is not the Messiah.

England's Eric Dier celebrates scoring the hosts' first goal of the game with Marcus Rashford. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

Tried and tested ways help England seal victory

Marcus Rashford admits he went “back to basics” to help England all-but book their place at next summer’s World Cup with a 2-1 win over Slovakia.

England manager Gareth Southgate.

England v Slovakia: Gareth Southgate confident his players can meet the challenges ahead

GARETH SOUTHGATE accepts there is no “Messiah” on hand to transform England into world-beaters in quick time but is proud his squad do not shirk the challenge of turning out for their country.

West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart is still England's No 1 insists Southgate (Picture: PA)

Malta v England: Under-fire Hart still England’s No 1, says Southgate

Manager Gareth Southgate is keeping the faith with Joe Hart as England’s No 1, insisting he remains the best goalkeeper in the country.

England's Gary Hill (left) and Harry Kane during a training session at St Georges' Park. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

Malta v England - Harry Kane confident September’s arrival will end barren spell

Harry Kane does not subscribe to his supposed ‘August curse’ –but he is still glad England’s World Cup qualifier against Malta falls on September 1.

Sheffield's Jamie Vardy during a England training session at St Georges' Park, Burton.

Henderson feels he can fill Rooney’s boots with England

Jordan Henderson would love to become England’s next permanent captain – and has bought into manager Gareth Southgate’s dream to develop the best team in the world.

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MOVING ON UP: Harry Maguire, left, in acgtion for Hull City against Burnley's Ashley Barnes last season. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA

Opportunity knocks for Harry Maguire as Southgate looks towards future

Manager Gareth Southgate admitted he had one eye on the future when handing uncapped duo Harry Maguire and Nathaniel Chalobah call-ups in the first England squad since Wayne Rooney’s international retirement.

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Wayne Rooney is sent off against Portugal at the 2006 World Cup. The Everton striker has today announced his retirement from international football. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA.

Leon Wobschall: Frustration proves the recurring theme for Rooney and England

SOMEWHAT fittingly it was at Lisbon’s Stadium of Light in June 2004 where Wayne Rooney’s glorious England epiphany took place.

Wayne Rooney, England's all-time top scorer, has announced his immediate retirement from international football. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA.

England’s Wayne Rooney retires from international football

WAYNE ROONEY, England’s all-time top scorer, has announced his immediate retirement from international football.

Englands dejection is clear, particularly that of Ellen White, right, after their 3-0 defeat to hosts Holland in the Womens Euro 2017 semi-finals (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA wire).

England architects of their own downfall in defeat to Holland

England had their dreams of winning Women’s Euro 2017 shattered by this semi-final loss to host nation Holland in Enschede.

England's Jodie Taylor (left) and Steph Houghton during a training session in Utrecht on Wednesday. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA

Euro 2017 - Holland v England: Confidence high as Lionesses strive to take one final big step

England boss Mark Sampson has declared his entire squad “world class” on the eve of their semi-final against Women’s Euro 2017 hosts Holland.

Siobhan Chamberlain, seen during England training on Tuesday in Utrecht, will replace No 1 goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, who is ruled out with a broken leg (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire).

England suffer semi-final blow as broken leg rules out goalkeeper Bardsley

England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has been ruled out for the remainder of Women’s Euro 2017 with a broken leg.

England players celebrate after beating France (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire).

Taylor strikes once again as England end 33-year wait for victory over France

Jodie Taylor was again on target as England defied decades of history to reach the Women’s Euro 2017 semi-finals with a victory over France in Deventer.

England's Toni Duggan during a training session at Sporting 70 Sports Centre, Utrecht. (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

Portugal v England: Sampson demands England sustain standards

England boss Mark Sampson has emphasised the importance of momentum ahead of his side’s final group match against Portugal tonight at the Women’s European Championships.

England manager Mark Sampson.

England given Braveheart lesson about Scotland

England manager Mark Sampson says his team are ready for a battle with Scotland after soaking up a lesson on the historic rivalry that exists between the nations.

England manager Gareth Southgate (left) and Harry Kane after the final whistle at Hampden Park. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA

England challenged to deliver when it really matters by Gareth Southgate

England still have work to do to secure World Cup qualification, but preparations for Russia are well under way as Gareth Southgate attempts to prevent their all-too-frequent major tournament struggles.

England's Jermain Defoe exits the 'sheep dip'' on the Royal Marines Endurance Course. The England squad experienced a different kind of boot camp over the weekend after manager Gareth Southgate arranged a top secret trip to the Royal Marines' Commando Training Centre. (Picture: Royal Navy/PA Wire)

Scotland v England: Gareth Southgate’s men to pay for draining schedule down the line

JUST three of the 113 previous instalments of football’s oldest rivalry have been played in June, one of which came at Euro 96 as Gazza scored ‘that’ goal.

England manager Gareth Southgate talks to Harry Kane during a squad walk around at Hampden Park yesterday (Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire).

Scotland v England: Gareth Southgate continues to trial captaincy candidates

Harry Kane will captain England against Scotland as manager Gareth Southgate continues to develop a leadership culture within his group.

AIMING HIGH: Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson training with the England squad.

Scotland v England - Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson out to prove that he has future at very top

Ben Gibson is desperate to prove his worth with England and repay the faith shown in him by boyhood idol Gareth Southgate.

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