Manchester United International Watch: Marcus Rashford makes tournament debut

Marcus Rashford came on in the second half of England's crucial 2-1 win against Wales and impressed. Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney played the full game and were solid throughout the game

Manchester United International Watch: Marcus Rashford makes tournament debut
Rashford impressed on his tournament debut. (Photo: Getty Images)

On Thursday England got a crucial win against Wales in order to keep their hopes alive of qualification at Euro 2016. England did this by winning the game 2-1 with goals from Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge.

During the game, there was a big moment as Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford made his tournament debut coming on in the second half. Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney played the full game for England as they got the crucial win they needed.

Rashford impressed during short time on the pitch

Rashford's incredible rise reached new limits as he came on in the 73rd minute for England during Thursday's game with Wales.

England were desperately searching for a goal to win the game and Rashford showed his class during the short period he was on the pitch by continually taking on his markers. 

Rashford looked like he was playing for England for years when it was only his second cap and his first at a major tournament. 

He has now shown that if called on he can make an impact from the bench if need be and he is one that is not afraid to show what he can do on the biggest stage. 

Rooney gave England the drive to go forward during the game 

Rooney, once more starting in midfield, showed his class as he was the one that was driving the team forward on every occasion that he could. 

The England captain made a number of great passes during the game and his drive in the second half helped his team get back into the game and then score the winner. 

Rooney played the full game this time after being taken off early against Russia and his experience will be vital as he showed the appetite the rest of players need to going forward.

Rooney was excellent in midfield once again for England | Photo: Getty
Rooney was excellent in midfield once again for England. | Photo: Getty

Smalling solid throughout the game

Smalling once again partnered Gary Cahill at the back for England and was tasked with the job of keeping Gareth Bale quiet during the game.

He did this to good effect as, apart from Bale scoring his free kick, he was not really in the game.

Smalling played the full game as he broke up play on a number of occasions, showing how crucial he is to England at the back. 

Smalling had an excellent game at the back for England | Photo: Getty
Smalling had an excellent game at the back for England. | Photo: Getty