Gareth Southgate has England fans gloating rather than laughing again as his strategy pays off | world news

Gareth Southgate has England fans gloating rather than mocking again.

Not only did the squad shake-up pay off against Wales, but also the tactical change for the second half of the World Cup Group B final.

Alongside Harry Kane in the lead at Al Rayyan, Phil Foden moved down the left flank and Marcus Rashford moved to the right.

Within six minutes of the second half, goals had come from both Rashford and Foden – two players brought into the squad to add freshness and spark.

It was a thundering free-kick from Rashford for the opener – with the goals dedicated to a friend, Garfield Hayward, who died in recent days.

The striker said: “He had quite a long battle with cancer so I’m glad I managed to score for him.

“He has always been one of my big supporters.

“He was just a great person and I’m so glad he came into my life, really.”

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England and Wales fans react from home

Rashford was on the scoresheet again after sublime skill – a record ninth group stage goal for England at a tournament and a third in Qatar for him.

It’s a dazzling opportunity for England who could have walked away from Rashford before being revitalized for Manchester United this season.

Southgate said: “I went to see him over the summer, had a long talk with him and he had some clear ideas about things he thought he needed to think about and do.

“You can see with his club that there has been happiness in his performances this year.”

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Fans react to England’s three goals

Southgate were also delighted with Phil Foden, who provided England’s second goal after being set up by Harry Kane for his first World Cup goal.

This is a tournament where England have yet to rely on Kane for goals.

The six-goal Golden Boot winner from 2018 – when England reached the semi-finals – provided three assists: the most by an Englishman at a World Cup since David Beckham 20 years ago.

And there is still at least one game to come in Qatar, with Senegal in the round of 16 on Sunday.

After some rest – rather than beers – after sending Wales home.

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Heartbreak for Wales fans in Qatar

Southgate said: “We have plenty of milkshakes at the hotel. Everything is different, isn’t it? We embrace it.”

Just as they take up the challenge of facing Senegal, African champions, for the first time.

Southgate said, “The big business starts now, really.”

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