World Cup 2018: 6 England Players Whose Stock Rose (And 3 Whose Dropped)

9. Down - Marcus Rashford

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Before the start of the tournament, there were a few questions about the team Southgate would go with to open against Tunisia. Henderson or Dier? Pickford or Butland? Sterling or Rashford? In the battle of the Manchester forwards, it was Sterling who got the nod, and would start every game with the exception of the dead rubber against Belgium.

Throughout the entirety of the competition, England fans criticised Sterling and called for Rashford to start in his place. The Manchester United youngster got his chance in the third group game with England's qualification already guaranteed. Rashford also had 20 minutes against Tunisia, just under an hour against Croatia, and the entire second half against Belgium in the third place playoff.

With the sheer amount of fans rallying for Rashford to get a chance, it was a big disappointment that the youngster failed to make any kind of impact at all. Obviously, this isn't time to panic as this was the 19 year old's first World Cup, and he still has his entire career ahead of him.

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