Rashford has “a long way to go” insists Gareth Southgate

Date published: Tuesday 5th September 2017 8:00

Gareth Southgate admitted Marcus Rashford put in an “exciting” performance, while he refrained from commenting on Dele Alli’s middle-finger incident.

England went 1-0 down within three minutes as Rashford was punished for giving the ball away on the edge of his own box.

However, the hosts battled back, equalising through Eric Dier’s neat flick from a Rashford corner before the Manchester United man hit a sweet second-half winner from distance.

Southgate was impressed by the performance of Rashford, who scored his first Wembley goal for England.

He said: “Like the rest of the team, he showed great character. He’s obviously made the mistake for the goal, but kept persevering and was a real threat.

“It’s very early, we’ve got to keep things in perspective, but he is exciting. He can have an impact in games but there’s a long way to go.”

On an incident in which Dele Alli appeared to make a gesture towards the referee, Southgate added: “I’ve not seen it, but we’ll have a look at it over the next couple of days.”

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