Robson praises United duo's impact in England victory
Manchester United and England legend Bryan Robson has praised the impact of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard in England’s 2-1 World Cup win over Tunisia on Monday.
“When Marcus Rashford came on, he sparked the game, put Tunisia on the back foot and got into a couple of great situations where he could have created a goal,”said the former United and England captain.
“He looked really sharp and bright about his game.”
“Jesse and Dele Alli both started off really well,”Robson said.
“I thought Jesse covered the pitch really well, worked really hard and got into some great positions. The only downside is that he had two really good chances. He should have finished at least one of them, which would have put England into a commanding position. But his overall game was very, very good.”
“The poor goal they gave away was a little bit of a downside. [Kyle] Walker should know better in today’s game than flailing his arms in the box when Tunisia hadn’t really threatened at all. But I thought they kept patient and wore Tunisia down.
“I know it was a really late goal, but that’s what you do if you’re a good team. You keep wearing people down and you get your just rewards at the end. That’s what England got, because they definitely deserved to win the game.”
“When you look back on England - in 1990, we had a great goalscorer in Gary Lineker, in '96, when we did well at the European Championship, we had Alan Shearer, and now at this moment in time, we’ve got Harry Kane. It’s great.
“In this sort of competition, you need a top-class goalscorer, and that’s what England have got. It gives them a great chance of going on and achieving something in this World Cup.”
“I don’t know whether Harry would want that name!”
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“From what I saw of Panama [who lost 3-0 to Belgium in their first match], they shouldn’t cause England too many problems,”says the man who captained the country 65 times.
“They’ve got over the most difficult game, because Tunisia were always going to be the outside threat to Belgium or England not qualifying,”he added.
“So it was really important that England won that game. You can never underestimate anybody, but I just can’t see England slipping up against Panama, which puts them through to the next stage if they win.”