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England v Slovakia: Three things we learned

Rashford was the match winner for England. Photo: PA

After England beat Slovakia 2-1 in their World Cup Group F qualifier at Wembley, here are three things we learned.

Start Marcus Rashford

Many were surprised at the 19-year-old's omission from the starting XI against Group F's bottom side Malta.

However in this outing the Manchester United forward proved his ability to be one thing if nothing else, a match winner.

Rashford is starting to replicate his impressive club form on the international stage which means he must be utilised more from the start.

Comparisons are inevitably being made to Wayne Rooney but certainly so far, so good for the youngster.

The Three Lions' resolve passes the test

Within three minutes England found themselves on the back foot against Slovakia after conceding a sloppy goal.

In more recent times this group of players have struggled to show the ability to dig in and turn the game around.

Defeat would have seen Slovakia leapfrog Southgate's men at the top of the group while a draw would have left more questions than answers.

In spite of this added pressure, they managed to come up with a response firstly through Dier and then through Rashford.

England persevered and showed their grit and determination against the backdrop of a nervous Wembley crowd.

Southgate still yet to know his best XI

An issue up for debate but tonight this seemed on paper the strongest team that manager Gareth Southgate has to offer at the moment.

Question marks remain about Joe Hart in goal despite an assured performance tonight although his experience certainly surpasses the competition around him.

In midfield Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson seem to have a good understanding and showed good unison when both attacking and thwarting Slovakia.

Rashford looks dangerous on the wing, whereas Oxlade Chamberlain and Sterling will need to battle it out to earn their place on the other side.

It's hard to see a situation where Welbeck or Vardy displace Kane and for Alli he seems to look settled playing as a number ten, however more goals are a requirement.