sport news Rashford 'willing to step forward' if England face World Cup shootout

Marcus Rashford has never taken a first-team penalty but has already let it be known that he wants to step up if England find themselves in a World Cup shootout.

Rashford is expected to drop back to the bench when the Three Lions take on Colombia on Tuesday in the last 16, but if the game gets into extra-time the forward would surely be on the pitch at Spartak Stadium.

The 20-year-old claims never to have missed from the spot at youth level but has never been given the chance by club or country to test his mettle on the big stage.

Marcus Rashford says he wants to step up if England find themselves in a World Cup shootout

Marcus Rashford says he wants to step up if England find themselves in a World Cup shootout

The 20-year-old forward (above) claims never to have missed from the spot at youth level

The 20-year-old forward (above) claims never to have missed from the spot at youth level

Yet England's extensive preparations, which have been formally ongoing since March and have been a daily feature of their sessions at their Zelenogorsk base camp, have left him full of belief that he should be on Gareth Southgate's list of takers.

'I think he knows the players who are confident in those circumstances. I'd be willing to step forward,' he said.

'Not everybody here is a penalty taker for their club. It's more if you feel comfortable taking one, which I do, that's the way you go about it. If you don't feel comfortable you have to be honest with yourself. That gives the team the best chance.'

England are probably the only team still involved in Russia who have faced repeated questions on penalty kicks at every opportunity since they qualified for the knockouts.

That, of course, comes with the territory of six defeats in seven attempts. For a discipline some dismiss as pure luck, England's good fortune appears to have run dry too often.

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