Marcus Rashford says it’s not hard to see England’s improvement since Gareth Southgate became manager.

The current Three Lions’ boss took over in 2016 following a hugely disappointing European Championship in which England were knocked out by Iceland in the last 16 under Roy Hodgson.

Rashford was full of praise for the work done by SouthgateGetty

Southgate has overseen a huge evolution in the England squad in recent yearsGetty

Since then, Southgate has overseen an evolution in the England set-up, bringing through an incredibly hungry and talented crop of players to compliment the more experienced stars such as Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.

Rashford has been a constant part of the new-look squad and according to the Manchester United star, it’s clear to see how England have developed.

The 25-year-old played for Hodgson at Euro 2016 and so is in a good position to judge the differences between regimes.

Rashford said: “I don’t think it takes a genius to see how we’ve improved since 2016. I was only there for a short period of time before [Southgate] but the standard of training was not as high.

“For players, it is black and white, if you are not training well, you can’t expect to play well and go into games and win just because you think you are better players.

“Before, it was a bit of an issue in terms of quality of training and people’s dedication to training. But since Gareth’s been manager of England, it’s been good, it’s been intense, it’s been challenging.

Rashford has been one of Southgate’s most trusted performers during that timeGetty

“Back in 2016, if you look at that performance when we got knocked out of the Euros, it is a million miles off where we are now. You cannot really compare the two situations. And for me, you cannot compare the feeling around the camp. I think the confidence levels are as high as they should be.”

Rashford added: “We’ve come on so much.

“We’ve learned a lot about ourselves along the way. I feel like we’re a really strong team that has the capability to go and win against any side we play against. We don’t fear anybody. We believe in ourselves and we believe in how we can affect the outcomes of games.

“We want to win games, we want to score goals, we want to play attacking football. And if we can entertain, we really want to do that.

“We stick by each other in tough moments and good ones. It is up to us to go and prove we have what it takes to win it – but do I believe we do? Yes.”


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