Sterling & Rashford Hit Back

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Wow, what a night last night was in Seville as England stunned Spain in the Uefa Nations League to take a stunning 3-2 victory. The whole team starred but without a shadow of a doubt, the leading lights were Manchester City and Manchester United youngsters, Raheem Sterling (£6.03) and Marcus Rashford (£4.38) who didn’t half hit back at their critics.

The media was full of criticism for the Manchester duo, with Rashford coming in for criticism having missed a couple of gilt-edged changes away in Croatia at the weekend and Sterling failing to hit the back of the net for the Three Lions since a strike against Estonia in October 2015. Yet this was all changed in a single scintillating first half. As the half time whistle blew, Southgate’s men found themselves ahead by not one, not two but three goals!. Not many fans would have dreamed of that in their wildest dreams.

 It all begun with a stunning move which involved the whole squad and culminated in a powerful drive from Sterling into the top left hand corner past a stricken David De Gea (£1.06). The relief was etched all over Sterling’s face as the net bulged.

Then in the twenty-ninth minute, Marcus Rashford had the opportunity to double the lead after a fine through ball from Harry Kane (£8.66).  Rashford obliged to score his sixth goal for the Three Lions, remember he’s still only 20 years old.

The half concluded with another great goal which owed much to a stunning lofted pass from Ross Barkley (£2.87) in the build-up which ended with Sterling applying the finishing touch.

Without a doubt one of the best halves of English football in decades. Unsurprisingly Luis Enrique’s men came out fighting in the second half and dominated possession. It was little surprise to see Borussia Dortmund goal machine Paco Alcacer (£3.98) reduce the deficit within minutes of entering the field as a substitute to continue his incredible record this season. This piled on the pressure for the Three Lions, yet despite this it took until the last touch of the game for Sergio Ramos (£5.86) to further reduce the arrears, which meant a historic victory was secured for Gareth Southgate’s men and the Index was swift to act.

 Two goal hero, Raheem Sterling (£6.03), collected the £0.08 Media Dividends comfortably having answered back the press on the biggest stage possible. The City man is already leading the Media Rankings this morning and was available to traders at lows of £5.57 in thebuild-up to the game yesterday meaning holders have seen a rise of £0.46 a share.

It was a similar scenario for other Three Lions stars with Rashford rising by £0.11. One of the other stars was Chelsea’s Ross Barkley who looks transformed under Maurizio Sarri’s guidance and he increased by £0.35 yesterday to highs of £3.02 before settling at £2.87. Have England now found the missing creative spark?

 Wirth Sterling and Rashford having been so central to the media criticism in the build-up, yesterday’s performance will potentially be a massive turning point for them and the Three Lions going forward.


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Introduced to Football INDEX while England were being dumped out of Euro 2016 by Iceland, Jim analyses the market in detail to help Traders enhance their portfolios.

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