• England defeated Wales 3-0 in World Cup 2022
  • Rashford scored two out of the three goals
  • England will now take on Senegal in Round of 16

England forward Marcus Rashford revealed why he was emotional while celebrating after scoring in his side's 3-0 win over Wales on Tuesday.

After a goalless first half, Rashford opened the scoring in the 51st minute before Phil Foden doubled England's lead a minute later. The Manchester United star went on to score a brace and ensured Gareth Southgate's side made it to the last-16 of the ongoing World Cup in Qatar.

Rashford fell to his knees after scoring his first goal against Wales with a roaring free-kick that flew past Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward. While he celebrated joyously, the young English forward appeared emotional as he spent a few moments by himself, away from his teammates.

In a post-match interview, Rashford explained the reason for the gesture.

"Unfortunately I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had a long battle with cancer, I'm pleased that I was able to score for him. He's always been a big supporter of mine. He was a great person and I'm just pleased he could come into my life," Rashford told reporters.

While it was reported before the match that Southgate was going to start Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson ahead of Foden, both the players featured in England's starting XI on Tuesday.

After remaining as an unused substitute in England's frustrating 0-0 draw against the United States Men's National Team (USMNT), Foden made full use of the opportunity he got against Wales by being on the goals chart.

"Moments like this are what I play football for. I'm really happy to be going into the next round of the tournament because I have massive ambition for this team. I think we can go further," Rashford said after England's 3-0 win.

Marcus Rashford (left) and Jadon Sancho (right) have impressed in pre-season for Manchester United
Marcus Rashford has been in fine form for both England and Manchester United this year AFP / Martin KEEP

Rashford has now netted three goals this World Cup and is the current joint-leading scorer with France's Kylian Mbappe, the Netherlands' Cody Gakpo and Ecuador's Enner Valencia.

The 25-year-old also became just the second Manchester United player to score three or more goals at a major tournament after Sir Bobby Charlton at the 1966 World Cup.

England will now take on Senegal in the Round of 16 in World Cup 2022 on Sunday.