In the latest England news, forward Marcus Rashford is hoping the Three Lions can right the wrongs of their Euro 2016 exit at this summer’s World Cup.
England were knocked out of their last major tournament after losing 2-1 to Iceland during the first knockout round and the result ultimately cost Roy Hodgson his job.
The Three Lions, now under the stewardship of Gareth Southgate, appear to have recovered from that setback after they breezed through their qualifying campaign without losing a game.
Southgate’s men are currently on a nine-match unbeaten run following their 2-1 victory over Nigeria at Wembley on Saturday and they have one more friendly match to play against Costa Rica this week before they head to the finals.
Manchester United ace Rashford, who is one of the youngest members of England’s squad for the World Cup, came on as a substitute against Nigeria, just as he did during their defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.
The 20-year-old is hoping that loss in Nice two years ago can actually work as a positive for England this summer as they look to avoid another embarrassing exit.
“The feeling of losing is a nasty feeling. When you speak about [it], people don’t understand,” Rashford told reporters.
“So definitely we’ll take all the things that happened at that tournament into the next one because that is one of the important things to spur us.”
England will face Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in Group G at the finals and they are priced at 6/5 with Coral to finish top of the group.
Rashford believes spirits are high following the side’s recent unbeaten run.
He added: “The main thing is to go into a tournament with confidence in ourselves. The easiest way to get that is through performances but we know each individual is working hard in training, so we are going to be confident going into the tournament.”