Marcus Rashford and Conor Coady OUT of England's games next week

Marcus Rashford and Conor Coady are both OUT of England’s games with Belgium and Iceland, reveals Gareth Southgate as he praises his team for their ruthless win over Ireland

  • England beat the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in Thursday’s friendly at Wembley 
  • Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all scored
  • Gareth Southgate praised the likes of Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish in the win
  • England will, however, be without Conor Coady and Marcus Rashford this month 

Gareth Southgate praised ruthless England as they dispatched of Republic of Ireland – but will be without Conor Coady for Sunday’s crucial clash in Belgium following a Covid scare.

In a further blow Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford will also be unavailable for the clash in Leuven after failing to recover from a shoulder injury.

Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the goals as Gareth Southgate’s men strolled to victory at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate was full of praise for England in their 3-0 win over Ireland on Thursday night 

Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho (second left) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (far left) all scored

But their victory was tempered as it emerged that Coady will miss Sunday’s crucial Nations League clash against world No 1 side Belgium after being contacted by the NHS’ Test and Trace alert service to inform he had inadvertently come into contact with somebody who had tested positive for Covid-19 prior to the training camp.

The Wolves defender has returned two negative tests as part of the FA and UEFA’s protocol but, in line with UK Government guidelines, must self-isolate.

Coady and Rashford – who will also miss next week’s clash against Iceland – were both set to start against Roberto Martinez’s side.

England will be without Conor Coady (L) and Marcus Rashford (R) for the two other games

‘It’s disappointing to lose both. Conor’s is just this bizarre world we live in today,’ said Southgate, who said he is unlikely to name any replacements.

‘It’s a great disappointment for him, he has made such big impact and he has loved it with us.’

On the performance, Southgate said: ‘I was really pleased with the way the boys played, a lot of young players, a lot of inexperience but we used the ball well and created chances.

On Thursday night, Southgate praised his young side’s attacking display against Ireland 

The England boss praised the likes of Jack Grealish (left) and Bukayo Saka (right) 

‘We could have been more comfortable but overall really pleased.

‘We were a bit slow at the start but that is understandable, it is not a team with a lot of time to work together so the longer they went on the interplay was very good especially down the left side with Bukayo [Saka] and Jack [Grealish] and then Mason [Mount]. I was very pleased.’

On the prospect of playing Scotland at the Euros, Southgate added: That will give everybody something to look forward to, let’s hope it’s with full crowds.’

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