Marcus Rashford says it was a complete mistake that Conor Gallagher managed to make a mockery of him in England training.

Speaking to the Three Lions’ media channel, Rashford revealed the Chelsea midfielder inadvertently managed to nutmeg him in Qatar.

Any player who has allowed the ball to swim through their legs will usually have an excuse to share.

Whether it be an unintentional piece or skill, or a rebounded tackle that just happened to bounce between the ankles, it’s never the victim’s fault.

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“To be fair I got megged today, but it was an accident. Conor Gallagher. I swear it was an accident! It hit his heel but they all count,” proclaimed Rashford.

Sometimes you just have to except you’ve been beaten, Marcus!

At least he can ride on the high of England’s exceptional World Cup opener against Iran on Monday.

Chelsea and England send Iran for six

Gareth Southgate’s side smashed their opponents 6-2, with all of the attacking players producing the goods.

Chelsea target Jude Bellingham began the romp via his lucrative forehead.

Bukayo Saka doubled the lead less than 10 minutes later, before Raheem Sterling made it three ahead of the half-time whistle.

Sterling’s goal was taken with real quality, an outside of the boot first-time finish following Harry Kane’s incisive cross.

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The scorer then turned provided for Saka’s second of the fixture.

Arsenal’s young Gunner finished off a solo run after being supplied by Sterling.

Rashford himself announced his arrival from the bench with a calm conversion.

Jack Grealish sprinkled the sixth on the occasion at the end of the match.

Gallagher will have been disappointed not to enter the fray, but will have another chance against the USA on Friday.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.