England’s Euro 2016 campaign could only be described as shambolic, but Marcus Rashford has revealed the message of optimism captain Wayne Rooney shared in the dressing room after the Three Lions were knocked out.
Rashford, who has been modelling England’s new away kit and was a substitute in England’s last 16 defeat against Iceland, shared the message on Instagram.
He wrote: “When we were knocked out by Iceland at the Euros, it was a massive disappointment. We were all sitting around in the dressing room after the match, not sure what to think.
“But then Wayne gets up. And he says one thing. ‘Keep your head up. We’ve got a lot to fight for in the future. Look forward’.
“But he says it to each individual person. One by one, he goes up to us and looks us in the eye. So that’s where we are now. Our heads are up and we’re fighting for the future.
“I know I’m young – the whole squad is quite young – but we want to make history in the time we’ve got. We know that when people look back on our team, it’s the trophies people are going to judge us on.”
England will need some of that optimism on Wednesday, when the team debut their smart navy kit against current world champions Germany, before hosting Lithuania on Sunday in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group.
Rashford himself has six caps at just 19 years of age – he scored on his debut against Australia, and has notched seven goals this season for Manchester United.
He also appeared against Wales at the Euro 2016 group stage, as well as in the 2-1 defeat against Iceland.
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) March 20, 2017
Might this international break see him make further strides on the international stage? Manager Gareth Southgate will certainly hope so.