England attacker Marcus Rashford has hailed the positive atmosphere in the Three Lions camp ahead of their crunch World Cup quarter-final against Sweden later today.
The Manchester United youngster was one of the players who scored a penalty in his sides dramatic shoot out victory over Colombia, and the 20-year-old believes that the air of positivity within the squad is showing in England’s performances on the pitch in Russia.
“You can 100 per cent notice that the atmosphere in the camp is a positive one at the moment.’’ Rashford told the Daily Mail.
“The vibe we have isn’t something that we had eight months or two years ago. It wasn’t like this before, so it shows how much we’ve developed and improved within the camp, which is translating on the field.”
Despite his tender years Rashford was also part of the doomed 2016 European Championship campaign, but he has revealed that the experience and disappointment from that tournament can actually help to spur England on the success at this World Cup.
“At that time, the rate I was learning was crazy and I was always learning something new.
“You learn little things like referees and how they behave and therefore how you conduct yourself playing in a different country. The preparation of playing in another major tournament helps you.
“If anything, the feeling of disappointment from previous tournaments can also help you. We’ve managed to use the disappointment [from Euro 2016] to learn from because you don’t want that feeling again.
“The losses travel with you for longer than the wins because that feeling of second best is not a nice place to be. That’s where my determination comes from and it will always come from.
“I love winning and that’s what my mentality has been like since I was young.”