Last England v Australia game filled us with hope – but it led to a disaster

It was May 2016 and England fans who travelled to the Stadium of Light left it with one reason to be cheerful.

The bloke who provided it was Marcus Rashford. Back then, Rashford was becoming the emerging superstar of English football.

The Manchester United teenager made history in Sunderland by becoming the youngest player to score on his England debut, as Roy Hodgson's men beat Australia 2-1 in the north east.

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The look on Rashford's face that night compared to the one fellow striker Daniel Sturridge had was stark. Rashford was going places and fast, while Sturridge was injured again ahead of the Euros in France.

Rashford – at 18 years and 208 days – beat the previous record set by Tommy Lawton in 1938, when he volleyed in after only 138 seconds. Wayne Rooney, (remember him?) came on as a substitute and scored his 52nd international goal, before Eric Dier's own goal offered Australia hope of a comeback which never materialised.

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But the night belonged to Rashford and a few days later he was named in Hodgson's squad for Euro 2016. So we all crossed the Channel with that familiar feeling of foolish optimism England could do well.

And how wrong we were. Rashford struggled to make an impact, but he wasn't alone. England limped through a group containing Russia, Wales and Slovakia, before crashing out to minnows Iceland in Nice in the last 16.

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Things got so bad, Hodgson decided it was a bright idea to let Harry Kane take corners. That was until Rooney had seen enough and took the decision on the field to put a stop to the nonsense.

And Hodgson's subsequent resignation in his post-match press conference following the defeat to Iceland came so fast, it happened before I'd even had time to make it into the room!

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