Rio Ferdinand hails Marcus Rashford’s impressive return to England after his two-goal defeat by Wales

“It all comes down to meeting the basic fundamentals of football – hard work and achievement”: Rio Ferdinand hails Marcus Rashford’s impressive return to form and hailed the England star for his brilliant two-goal performance against Wales

  • Rio Ferdinand welcomed Marcus Rashford’s impressive return with England
  • Rashford scored twice in Tuesday’s man-of-the-match clash against Wales
  • Ferdinand believes Rashford’s improvement is due to him simplifying football
  • England advanced to the last 16 of the World Cup after beating Group B 3-0

Rio Ferdinand believes Marcus Rashford has rediscovered his world-class form after returning to ‘the basics of football’ after a tumultuous 2021/22 season.

Rashford shone on the global stage with an impressive two-goal performance against Wales at the World Cup on Tuesday night as England’s safe passage to the round of 16 of the tournament was confirmed.

The 25-year-old marked his first international start since Euro 2020 with a brilliant performance in the Middle East as he opened the scoring from a powerful free-kick in the opening minutes of the second half.

Marcus Rashford marked his return to the England lineup with a stunning performance

Marcus Rashford marked his return to the England lineup with a stunning performance

Rasford was named man of the match after scoring twice in Tuesday night's World Cup against Wales

Rasford was named man of the match after scoring twice in Tuesday night’s World Cup against Wales

He rounded off a great individual performance by assisting Phil Foden and scoring his second goal of the game as England scored their 100th World Cup goal. Rashford deservedly received the Man of the Match award after the proceedings were completed.

Rashford celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Wales

Rashford celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Wales

Former England and Man United defender Ferdinand praised the Manchester-born winger for focusing on the fundamentals and becoming a “gamechanger” as Rashford proved his worth to Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

“I think all of that stems from an element of working hard on the fundamentals. He didn’t look happy for a while, when you have a smiling Marcus Rashford he’s a devastating player and a game changer,” Ferdinand said on BBC One.

“One on one he looks scary, he can finish. It all stemmed from fulfilling the basic tenets of football – hard work and transplant. Great players in this tournament will topple Marcus Rashford.’

With a two-goal spell at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Rashford carried his fine form at club level with Man United – where he scored eight goals this season – to the international stage as England pressed against a lackluster side Wales.

Premier League record goalscorer Alan Shearer echoed similar sentiments in his post-match scoring analysis as he gushed about Rashford’s “wonderful free-kick” and insisted his outstanding performance has given Southgate options in attack.

Rashford (right) assisted Phil Foden (left) in the Man City wingers' first World Cup goal

Rashford (right) assisted Phil Foden (left) in the Man City wingers’ first World Cup goal

Rashford secured his second of the night with a powerful shot in a crowded box

Rashford secured his second of the night with a powerful shot in a crowded box

“It was a wonderful goal, I sat here and said I hit it on the goalkeeper’s side. The keeper is to blame here, it’s a wonderful goal.

“There’s no point in having a wall if you don’t trust it. Very good from Marcus but the keeper should do better.

“Saka, Sterling, Grealish, so many options for the manager. When you get your opportunity, you have to go out and perform, and he did. Great for us and the fans,” added Shearer.

Rio Ferdinand applauded Rashford's performance after returning to'football basics'.

Rio Ferdinand applauded Rashford’s performance after returning to ‘football basics’.

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