David Beckham sends a congratulatory message to Marcus Rashford after his ‘great goal’ against Iran… with the Man United star scoring just 49 seconds in his first game for England since missing a penalty in the Euro 2020 final
Former England captain David Beckham congratulated Marcus Rashford on his return goal in Monday’s 6-2 win over Iran.
The Manchester United forward scored just 49 seconds after coming on as a second-half substitute, in his first game for the Three Lions since his missed penalty in the Euro 2020 final.
It was a special moment for the 25-year-old who has had to fight his way back into the set-up after losing his place last season as he struggled to regain form at Manchester United.
Marcus Rashford (second right) scored just 49 seconds after his return to the England team.
David Beckham led congratulations to Rashford in response to his Instagram post
Rashford has made a bright start to his club’s new campaign and justified his selection with a fine finish in England’s first World Cup game.
Beckham, who was in attendance at the Khalifa International Stadium, congratulated Rashford in response to an Instagram post after the match.
The former Three Lions captain, who made 115 appearances for his country between 1996 and 2009, wrote: ‘Great goal mate.’
His reply was in response to the Three Lions star who wrote: “Words cannot express my happiness to score in the World Cup.
He managed to find the back of the net just 49 seconds after coming on as a substitute.
Beckham (right) attended the Khalifa International Stadium to watch England.
‘Great performance from the team, see you on Friday.’
He also received praise from a number of England and Manchester United teammates, with Bruno Fernandes commenting: “What a player.”
It’s been a long road back for the United striker who was named in Gareth Southgate’s bench against Iran.
With England already leading 4-1, Rashford was one of several players coming on after 70 minutes.
While the stadium announcer was still informing the crowd about the England substitutions, Harry Kane played Rashford past goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini to mark his international return in style.
He had not played for England since missing a penalty against Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
According to Opta, the goal, on which Rashford made just three touches, was the third fastest goal by a substitute in World Cup history.
Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish were also involved in a successful start for the Three Lions.
Next Friday they will play the United States, which drew 1-1 with Wales on Monday.
There has been a lot of scrutiny over Beckham, who has taken on an ambassadorial role for the tournament held in Qatar.
His decision to take office comes despite backlash over Qatar’s poor human rights record, amid accusations the country is using the tournament to whitewash its global image with the sport.