England 2-1 Australia: Rashford scores inside three minutes on full England debut

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney were both on target as England beat Australia at the Stadium of Light.

England 2-1 Australia: Rashford scores inside three minutes on full England debut
Marcus Rashford's scored in under three minutes to give England the lead (Photo: Ed Sykes/Reuters)
England
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Australia
England: Forster (Heaton, 87 min), Clyne, Smalling (Dier, 73 min), Stones, Bertrand, Henderson, Drinkwater, Wilshere (Milner, 46 min), Sterling (Townsend, 76 min), Rashford (Barkley, 63 min), Lallana (Rooney, 46 min)
Australia: Ryan, Risdon (Degenek, 73 min), Wright, Milligan, Smith, Jedinak, Mooy (Irvine, 83 min), Luongo (Oikonomidis, 58 min), Rogic (Juric, 73 min), MacLaren (McKay, 58 min), Kruse (Goodwin, 83 min)
SCORE: 1-0, 3 min, Rashford. 2-0, 55 min, Rooney. 2-1, 75 min, Dier (Own Goal).
REFEREE: Mood booked on 38 min.

Marcus Rashford struck inside 135 seconds to become the youngest player to score for England on debut as they edged out Australia 2-1 at the Stadium of Light.

The youngster showed composure of someone beyond his age when he volleyed home Raheem Sterling’s deflected cross past Matt Ryan.

Wayne Rooney rounded off a clinical counter-attack with a superb finish on 10 minutes after the break.

Eric Dier’s turned into his own net with a diving header 15 minutes from time to give the visitors a goal which their performance merited.

Roy Hodgson will submit his 23-man squad for the European Championships in France next Tuesday, and eight changes were made to the side that beat Turkey 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Rashford fires Three Lions ahead

The Thee Lions got off to the best possible start in front of a packed crowd on Wearside, after Jamie Maclaren almost left Fraser Forster blushing following his blocked clearance.

From that, England drove forward and after Rashford laid the ball off to Sterling, whose cross looped up in the air, the youngster hammered home a volley from eight-yards out.  

The Manchester United striker was playing for the Red Devils’ under-18s side last October, fast-forward seven months and he has broken an England record on his full debut.

Raheem Sterling provided the assist for Rooney's second-half goal (Photo: Ed Sykes/ Reuters)
Raheem Sterling provided the assist for Rooney's second-half goal (Photo: Ed Sykes/ Reuters)

Aussies keep hosts quiet thereafter

After a couple of flowing moves from the hosts, the Aussies started to take control of possession the tempo of the game.

It wasn’t until the half-hour mark when England threatened, an ingenious pass from Rashford came to Adam Lallana, but Ryan was on hand to make a good save.

Despite their possession, the impressive visitors couldn’t make anything count, and just two minutes after Lallana’s effort, Chris Smalling had to make a vital interception to a dangerous cross.

Hodgson’s back four looked troubled at times during the opening half, but the hosts almost closed out the half with a two-goal advantage.

However, after a free-kick from the flank was worked to Jordan Henderson on the edge of the area, the Liverpool man forced a good reflex save from Ryan.

Wayne Rooney doubled England's advantage after the break (Photo: Lee Smith/ Reuters)
Wayne Rooney doubled England's advantage after the break (Photo: Lee Smith/ Reuters)

Rooney strikes after the break

England made a double substitution at half-time, where Rooney and James Milner entered the fray, which aimed to give them more options going forward.

And after the Aussies threatened once more, the hosts went on to double their lead in the game through their skipper.

Sterling picked out Rooney with a sweeping through ball after Rashford’s dummy allowed the ball to run through to him, and the England skipper smashed him shot into the from 20-yards.

Six minutes later England reproduced that swift counter going forward, but Rashford’s drilled cross through the six-yard box evaded both England players and rolled out of play.

Eric Dier headed past his own keeper 15 minutes from the end (Photo: Ed Sykes/ Reuters)
Eric Dier headed past his own keeper 15 minutes from the end (Photo: Ed Sykes/ Reuters)

Dier own goal proves not to be indecisive

Nathaniel Clyne struck over the bar from distance before the hosts’ hopes of a clean-sheet against the old enemy was dashed after Dier turned into his own net.

A brilliant cross from Mile Jedinak looked to be heading across the box and out of play, but the makeshift centre-half headed into his own net in an attempt to clear the danger.

Burnley’s Tom Heaton came on for the closing stages and late chances for substitute Ross Barkley and Henderson went begging, but England managed to see off a spirited Australian performance.