Rashford equals Charlton’s 52-year-old record with England appearance
Marcus Rashford equals Jack Charlton’s 52-year-old record after registering his 16th England appearance of the calendar year against Croatia
- Marcus Rashford has equalled an England record set by Jack Charlton
- Rashford featured against Croatia as England came from behind to win the tie
- The Manchester United star impressed in the 2-1 win before being substituted
- Rashford now has the joint most appearances in a calendar year for England
In his short career so far in world football, Marcus Rashford has certainly become accustomed to toppling records.
The 21-year-old has entered the England history books and pulled level with none other than Jack Charlton with an annual appearance tally.
After turning out for the Three Lions in the recent UEFA Nations League victory over World Cup finalists Croatia, Rashford racked up his 16th international appearance of the year.
Marcus Rashford has pulled level with Jack Charlton for most England appearances in one year
Charlton (right) collected 16 England appearances during the World Cup winning year of 1966
In doing so, the Manchester United man equalled a 52-year-old record for most appearances in a calendar year held by Charlton.
The former Leeds man set the record in 1966, the famous year in which the Three Lions became world champions.
Rashford has been an important part of manager Gareth Southgate’s plans since he took over at the helm.
Rashford make his 16th appearance against Croatia, but was subbed off before the comeback
ENGLAND CALENDAR APPEARANCES
16 – Marcus Rashford (2018) Jack Charlton (1996)
15 – Roger Hunt (1966), Bobby Charlton (1966), Bobby Moore (1966), Nobby Stiles (1966), George Cohen (1966), Ray Wilson (1966) Gordon Banks (1966) Gary Lineker (1990) Des Walker (1990) Eric Dier (2018) John Stones (2018)
Southgate has trusted Rashford repeatedly in a year which has brought upon more England fixtures since 1966, following the run at the Russia World Cup to the semi-final stage.
Roger Hunt, Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore, Nobby Stiles, George Cohen, Ray Wilson and Gordon Banks each hold 15 calendar year appearances from 1966.
Gary Lineker and Des Walker both hit 15 also during 1990, while John Stones and Eric Dier did likewise this year.
Only Rashford however has been able to match Charlton’s 16, doing so in England’s final fixture of 2018.
Southgate’s men will head to Portugal in 2019 for the semi-final stage of the Nations League.
England boss Gareth Southgate has put a lot of trust in Rashford since taking over at the helm
England finished top of group A4, while Switzerland pipped Belgium to the top of group A2 on head-to-head – beating them 5-2 in their final game.
European champions Portugal were top of A3, while Holland continued their form revival by scoring a stoppage time equaliser against Germany to win A1.
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