Marcus Rashford vows England will make history, not fear it, when they step out at Wembley to face Germany on Tuesday. Gareth Southgate’s side plan to stand up to their long-standing rivals and show them what Rashford describes as “the England way” in the hope that it will be a performance that is still talked about for years to come.
Most of the squad are too young to remember Euro 96, let along Italia 90, and the players see their Euro 2020 round of 16 clash as an opportunity rather than another potential disappointment.
“We are being put in a position where we are blessed to be part of that history,” Rashford said.
“There is no point fearing the past. You can’t go back and change it. What we can change is the result of the next game and put ourselves in the best possible position to win the game.
“If we do it gets put in history – that’s how great teams are remembered for many, many years.”
The Manchester United striker admits he is suffering with his shoulder injury and may need an operation as soon as the tournament finishes – which would almost certainly rule him out of the start of next season.
But he was determined nothing would get in the way of his taking part in Euro 2020.
“Obviously I am not performing at my best and what I know I can perform to,” he said. “Whatever that is down to, it doesn’t really matter because it has been going on since early on in the season.
“I’ll finish strong here and like I said I’ve got a few weeks off to just relax and decide what I’m going to do.
“It’s either an operation or I don’t get an operation. Probably my shoulder but I’m not 100 per cent sure if I need it yet. So I’ll just take it as it comes.
“Before I came here, I knew there was no chance I was going to be getting the operation so I did not know how long the operation would put me out for. I never bothered to ask the question.
“When the tournament is finished then I will ask the question.”