Marcus Rashford willing to take England penalty in World Cup shootout

Marcus Rashford willing to take England penalty in World Cup shootout

On their day, they can out-gun anyone.

A worry for them though is the fitness of star-man James Rodriguez, the Bayern Munich attacker limping off against Senegal in the first half, his absence would be a major boost to England's chances.

He made his last England appearance in November 2016, since when the team have been transformed under the leadership of Gareth Southgate. On the other side of this last 16 tie is a once in a generation chance for England.

'Ten months ago we qualified for the World Cup by beating Slovenia and people were throwing paper airplanes onto the pitch at Wembley.

La Roja were beaten by Russian Federation on penalties on Sunday, while Croatia also eliminated Denmark in a shootout.

The AP's Graham Dunbar discusses how Russian Federation pulled off the surprise victory over the 2010 World Cup victor.

"I think certainly the first two games they were excellent", he added. This allowed Southgate to rest most of his key figures for the final group fixture against Belgium, a dead rubber for both sides.

England and Colombia will be aware that spot-kicks are a very realistic possibility for them to face, and Manchester United striker Rashford maintains he will definitely step up, despite having never taken a senior penalty.

The " PodcastOne Sports Now " guest host Rob Harris takes listeners on a tour of Russian Federation as he travels from city to city covering the tournament for The Associated Press. A loss would also put England on a potentially easier route the final.

Of course, this England team have still to be truly tested.

'I have learned quite a few things in my past and I am confident I won't be squeezed out of the game by them. Most recently, they were eliminated from Euro 2012 by Italy. "I can't speak highly enough of his character around the group", he said. That's why we're here.

"I think it's very important at times like this, that players who are family-orientated are supported by us".

"We don't need to change too much. That gives the team the best chance". "I wasn't so comfortable with the love-in in the buildup to Belgium, to be honest, so it's nice that there's a little bit of an edge back".

England manager Gareth Southgate has played down suggestions he may have inspired a fashion trend.

The conclusions have included the speed at which England take penalties - an average 0.28 seconds response time from when the referee blows his whistle - to being trapped in a decades-long cycle of failure. Challenge some friends while you're at it.

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