An early debut goal from Marcus Rashford and another from Wayne Rooney saw England claim a 2-1 win over Australia at Wembley on Friday.
- England 2 Australia 1
- Rashford scores on his debut
- Rooney adds a second
- Dier with an own goal
Manchester United’s teenage striker Marcus Rashford wasted little time by scoring in just the third minute of his first senior cap, giving England a lead that they were able to hold onto until halftime despite a spirited performance from the Socceroos.
10 minutes into the second half and England doubled their lead through Wayne Rooney, who blasted Raheem Sterling’s cross into the roof of the net, before Australia pulled one back when Eric Dier came off the bench to head a threatening cross through the legs of Fraser Forster.
It didn’t take long for debutant Marcus Rashford to make an impact. The teenage Manchester United striker carried his amazing late-season form from the Premier League to the international stage with a thumping low volley at the near post in just the third minute of the game.
Despite the early setback, Australia took the game to their hosts, but struggled to create any clear-cut opportunities despite playing the match at an entertaining high tempo.
Socceroos goalkeeper Matthew Ryan was also alert in the 31st minute to deny England a second in the 31st minute when Ryan Bertrand carried the ball all the way to the byline before pulling it back for Rashford. His pass saw it fall to Adam Lallana in close proximity to goal, but the Valencia stopper was quick to smother the danger.
Australia continued to threaten without ever coming close to scoring, and it was England who had the last chance of the first half when a free kick was worked short for Jordan Henderson to try curl it in from the edge of the box, but Ryan was able to swat it away from the far corner.
England struck again early in the second period, and Raheem Sterling got his second assist of the night when his run down the left sucked defenders away from the central avenue, into which Wayne Rooney was storming to collect the Manchester City’s winger low cross and fire home a thunderous strike into the roof of the net.
But thing went wrong for England in the 75th minute when Eric Dier, who had only come on for Chris Smalling two minutes earlier, scored an own goal. It was another recent substitute, Miloš Degenek, who whipped in a threatening ball that gave the Spurs defender a bit too much to think about.