The 19-year-old's corner was turned in by Eric Dier for England's equaliser towards the end of a torrid first half for Gareth Southgate's side. Rashford completed the job when he rifled in a 59th-minute winner.
My first Wembley goal and one more step towards Russia ??? pic.twitter.com/dz0U771oZm— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) September 4, 2017
Reaction: @England boss Gareth Southgate says that was his most satisfying win as manager pic.twitter.com/8g9pu7DABg — ITV Football (@itvfootball) September 4, 2017Once again it was a patchy display by England but victory over Slovenia at Wembley next month will mean they can begin booking hotels in Russia. "We started poorly and I am happy to get a goal that kickstarted the game for us. We were in control for most of the game then," Dier said. "We weren't aggressive enough and were two seconds behind them in every pass. The way we turned it around was positive."
Finally ?⚽️ Important 3 points and great away support ??Wishing @HarryWinks all the best and @ErikLamela with his operation and recovery ?? pic.twitter.com/Ri64NRIiSf — Eric Dier (@ericdier) April 1, 2017The expanse of empty red seats in Wembley's upper tiers spoke volumes for the lowered expectations around the England team these days after a succession of major tournament flops. Even those eternal optimists amongst the 67,000 present must have feared the worst after a woeful opening by the hosts. The game was only three minutes old when Rashford, preferred to Raheem Sterling after replacing him during Friday's flattering 4-0 win in Malta, gifted possession to Adam Nemec who played in Lobotka to poke the ball past the advancing Joe Hart. It was the fastest goal conceded by England in a competitive match since San Marino's goal in 1993. Wembley was stunned and England were rattled as their 17-match winning sequence in World Cup qualifiers looked in peril. England's attacks were panicky and sporadic, summed up by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's hopeless hoof over the bar which brought howls of derision from the crowd.
All square at @wembleystadium as big @ericdier hooks in at the near post with 37 on the clock. Good response, lads. ? pic.twitter.com/dD2baTbLMX — England (@England) September 4, 2017Had Slovakia reached halftime ahead it would have become a nervous night for the hosts, but they were level in the 37th minute after finally exerting some sustained pressure. Rashford's corner was poorly struck but Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dier showed a striker's instinct to get ahead of his marker and sweep a right-footed shot past Martin Dubravka. Minutes later Rashford forced a great save from Dubravka with a powerful low shot from distance, although England were fortunate on the stroke of halftime when Vladimir Weiss burst through on goal before tumbling under a desperate tackle from Kyle Walker that went unpunished.
Character to come from behind and get the job done. Great goal @marcusrashford. One win to go. #ThreeLions ??? pic.twitter.com/2GtX0u5Lk6 — Harry Kane (@HKane) September 4, 2017There were scares in the second half for the hosts too with Nemec forcing a fine reflex save from Hart. But there was more cohesion from the hosts and with Rashford causing havoc they deservedly took the lead. Skipper Jordan Henderson won the ball in middle of the pitch and played the ball to Rashford and as Slovakia's defence backed off he belted a 25-metre effort past the despairing dive of Dubravka to the relief of the Wembley crowd. England could not find the third goal that would have killed off the visitors but they did enough to earn three vital points.
That's it! The #ThreeLions show bravery to come from behind and beat Slovakia to move clear at the top of our group. ? pic.twitter.com/qPkqdtCxVj — England (@England) September 4, 2017
Here's how the Group F table looks after tonight's matches, with Scotland set to play Slovakia and Slovenia next month.... pic.twitter.com/P50Zl5L5r7 — BBC Sport Scotland (@BBCSportScot) September 4, 2017RESULT England 2 (Dier 37', Rashford 59') Slovakia 1 (Lobotka 3')