Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Marcus Rashford says he was inspired by Ronaldo ahead of Brazil clash

Noah Ferguson | 14 November, 2017, 13:10

"I always remember it; it was in 2003 and he scored a hat-trick".

That could be because Rashford did his best to model himself on the former Real, Barcelona and Inter Milan superstar. But Rashford said that watching those clips of Ronaldo shredding defences, he saw things he could learn from.

"It was in 2003".

'He was obviously a top player who won a lot of things in his career, ' Rashford said, 'so when you know he's saying good things about you then it really stands out.' If Rashford wants to really stand out; his time is now. He scored a hat-trick. I was five. He was my brother Dwaine's favourite player, that's why I've grown up watching so much of him and his games. I was only young though.

For the second, which virtually secured Real's progression, the finish was simple but when he tapped in Roberto Carlos's pass he had lost two opponents six yards from goal.

"It's fantastic really that he's been a player who's been able to dip under the radar as we think so much of him, not only his ability, but his mentality and his maturity".

"He always played free" Rashford added. 'When you're young you watch clips of the best players in the world and try and emulate them, so it just tends to happen naturally'.

"Jose (Mourinho) wouldn't mess around, but he picks him in all the big games and is on the field in almost every game", Southgate said. He'd played a lot of matches for Spurs that season and has gone on to prove himself. "When they're at their best it's unbelievable football to watch".

The kid - who will likely start for England against Brazil on Tuesday - was understandably disappointed to see the club he worshipped get knocked out of the Champions League all those years ago.

He will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders and is relishing the challenge, whether he operates out wide, up front on his own or in an attacking duo alongside Harry Kane.

England, who won eight of their 10 World Cup qualifying games and were unbeaten in Group F, held world champions Germany to a goalless draw in a friendly on Friday.

"Everybody saw that system and what it allowed us to do the other night and what it might allow us to do moving forward", said Southgate. "It's just about understanding each other's games and building those relationships, which you can do off the pitch as well". He felt that was where he'd play in the future, and it still might be I think.

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