WC 2022: England don’t need ‘boos’ to know we didn’t play well – Marcus Rashford

England’s 0-0 draw against USA saw them miss out on the chance to end their qualification for the knockout stages with a game to spare
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England’s players “don’t need fans to boo” them to know they haven’t played well, striker Marcus Rashford says.

The Three Lions sit top of Group B and remain in a strong position to reach the last 16, largely due to their 6-2 demolition of Iran in the opener.

Friday’s weak 0-0 draw against the USA was greeted by loud cheers from the fans at the final whistle.

“I feel that if we play well in the next game, that USA game will be forgotten,” said 25-year-old Rashford.

“It’s not a nice feeling. But to be honest, we don’t need fans bowing to know we haven’t played well. It was a feeling that was mutual in the group – that we could have done better.

“You question whether you would have changed things in the build-up to the game, but that’s natural as players because you want to win as many games as you can. When you don’t win it’s disappointing, but we can’t be so negative about We are in a good position in the group.

“When you win a game, you’re the best team in the world. When you lose, you’re the worst. That’s football. As players, you have to keep a balance.”

A draw against the United States saw England miss the chance to seal qualification for the knockout stages, but Gareth Southgate’s side will go through regardless if they avoid a four-goal defeat by Wales on Tuesday.

England’s performance and the reaction of the supporters evoked memories of the 2010 tournament in South Africa where they were underwhelmed and Wayne Rooney was forced to apologize for comments done after a disappointing 0-0 draw against Algeria.

Since Southgate was appointed manager in 2016, England have reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020, with Rashford saying it doesn’t take “a genius” to reckon they have been significant improvements from what went before .

“The standard of training was not that high,” added Rashford. “For players, it’s black and white: if you don’t train well, you can’t expect to play well, you can’t expect to go into games and just win.

“Obviously there’s been a definite change and definite improvement. We’ve done a lot better in the big tournaments, but even in the games throughout the year we’ve had better results.

“It’s not often I come away with England feeling like we’re going to lose games. As a collective we’re very strong and that’s a big quality that Gareth emphasizes.

“I don’t think it takes a genius to see that we’ve improved since 2016. You look at the performance against Iceland when we were knocked out of the European Championship and it’s a million miles from where we are now.”

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