Beckham sends message to England star Rashford after Iran goal

David Beckham congratulates Marcus Rashford after his ‘great goal’ against Iran… with the Man United star scoring just 49 seconds into his first England game since he missed a penalty at the Euro 2020 final

  • Marcus Rashford scored just 49 seconds into his England return on Monday
  • He was played in by Harry Kane and slotted home during the 6-2 win over Iran
  • His last appearance for his country was in the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy
  • David Beckham has led the praise for Rashford after his well-taken goal 
  • Follow Sportsmail’s live blog for all the latest World Cup news here

Former England captain David Beckham has congratulated Marcus Rashford for his comeback goal in Monday’s 6-2 victory over Iran.

The Manchester United forward scored just 49 seconds after coming on as a substitute in the second-half – in his first game for the Three Lions since his penalty miss at the Euro 2020 final.

It was a special moment for the 25-year-old who has had to fight way back into the set-up after losing his place last season as he struggled for form at Manchester United.

Marcus Rashford (second right) scored just 49 seconds into his return to the England squad

David Beckham led the congratulations for Rashford in a response to his Instagram post

Rashford has made a bright start to the new campaign for his club and justified his selection with a well taken finish in England’s World Cup opener.

Beckham, who was in attendance at the Khalifa International Stadium, congratulated Rashford in a response to an Instagram post following the game.

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 can’t express my happiness in scoring at the World Cup.

He managed to find the back of the net just 49 seconds after coming on as a substitute

Beckham (right) was in attendance at the Khalifa International Stadium to watch England

‘Great performance from the team see you guys on Friday.’

He also received praise from a number of England and Manchester United team-mates, with Bruno Fernandes commenting: ‘What a player.’

It’s been a long road back for the United forward who was named on Gareth Southgate’s bench against Iran.

With England already 4-1 up, Rashford was one of four changes made around the 70-minute mark.

While the stadium announcer was still informing the crowd about England’s substitutions, Rashford was played through by Harry Kane and slotted past goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini to mark his international return in style.

He hadn’t featured for England since missing a penalty against Italy in the Euro 2020 final

According to Opta, the goal, which saw Rashford take just three touches, was the third-fastest goal by a substitute in World Cup history.

Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish also got in on the act in a successful start for the Three Lions.

They next play the United States on Friday – who drew 1-1 with Wales on Monday. 

There has been much scrutiny on Beckham who has taken up an ambassadorial role for the tournament held in Qatar.

His decision to take up the role comes despite the backlash of Qatar’s poor human rights record, amid accusations that the country is using the tournament to sportswash its global image.

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