Rashford matches Reds trio's scoring run
Marcus Rashford matched three Manchester United legends when he netted from the penalty spot for England on Sunday.
Our no.10 struck from 12 yards to level the scores against Belgium, with the Three Lions eventually going on to beat the world’s number one side 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League.
Rashford has scored in each of his last four competitive internationals, after his 2019 efforts against Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo during qualifying for Euro 2020 – the forward missed the September games against Iceland and Denmark through injury.
That’s a mark only a trio of former Reds have managed – and all of them are massive names, both for United and the national side.
Sir Bobby Charlton was the first, with the 1966 World Cup-winner scoring against Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in 1960 in the British Home Championship, plus Luxembourg in a qualifier for the 1962 World Cup.
Former Three Lions captain David Beckham scored 17 goals in total for the national side, with four of them coming in four consecutive Euro 2004 qualifiers, against Slovakia, Macedonia, Liechtenstein and Turkey.
4 - @MarcusRashford is the fourth @ManUtd player to score in four consecutive competitive appearances for @England after Bobby Charlton, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney (x2). MBE. #ENGBEL pic.twitter.com/sEalTtxDQQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 11, 2020
The final name is, perhaps, not a surprise, with all-time United record goalscorer Wayne Rooney also leading the England striking table on 53 goals.
In the process of setting that landmark, Wayne twice achieved a run of scoring in at least four appearances in a row.
During qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, Rooney put goals past San Marino, Montenegro (home and away) and Poland.
After the tournament in Brazil, he then embarked on a run of seven scoring games (San Marino, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Slovenia, San Marino, Switzerland), with the final goal in that sequence the penalty which took him beyond Charlton’s long-held record of 49 for England.
"It is definitely a nice feeling," Rashford said, after being asked for his thoughts on the win over Roberto Martinez's highly rated side. "It is something we have had to prove to ourselves - that we can actually go on and beat these teams.
"Too many times, we've drawn or just fallen short and been beaten against the best teams but we managed to get over that line and it is a massive win for us, it will do a lot for us."