- Marcus Rashford used the opportunity after scoring against Wales to remember his late people
- The Manchester United forward was the hero on Tuesday, November 29 with two goals
- England will now face Senegal in the last 16 of the Qatar World Cup after winning Group B
Marcus Rashford decided to remember a friend of his who recently lost his life after scoring the opener against Wales.
England emphatically secured a place in the knockout stages of the World Cup as group winners thanks to a comprehensive 3-0 win over Wales, who have been woeful in the tournament.
Rashford scored twice, including a stunning free kick, in the rout as Gareth Southgate’s men advanced to the knockout stages as group winners.
After opening the scoring with a thunderous set piece, Rashford resorted to a never seen before celebration as he went down on his knees and pointed to the sky with his eyes closed.
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The Sun has since revealed the celebration is actually a tribute to a friend, who recently lost his battle with cancer.
According to Rashford, his friend passed away just days before that match.
"He's had quite a long battle with cancer, so I'm pleased that I managed to score for him.” Rashford said.
"He's always been a big supporter of mine; he was just a great person that I'm pleased to have come into my life really."
The Manchester United forward is hopeful of going all the way with England in the World Cup to make up for 2018 where they were painfully knocked out in the semifinals.
Rashford brace makes history
Sports Brief also reported on the several milestones Rashford hit with his brace against Wales.
His second goal was England's 100th goal at the World Cup, and the 25-year-old will go down in history for achieving that milestone for his country.
Moreover, the forward becomes the first United player to score three goals at a major tournament for England since the iconic Sir Bobby Charlton at the 1966 World Cup. Charlton went on to win the 1966 tournament.