"I had to prove people wrong throughout my career and I love proving to myself I can do it", he said.
After scoring a spectacular goal in a man-of-the-match display against Costa Rica in England's send-off friendly, Rashford was forced to miss England's first two days of training in Russian Federation with a knee complaint.
Kohli's good wishes were not in vain as the Tottenham Hotspur striker, who was playing in his first FIFA World Cup match, handed England the lead in the 11th minute and then scored in the second half stoppage time to clinch the game for his team.
Even though Southgate was keen to focus on the all-round team performance, he did reserve special praise for Harry Maguire, who set up Kane's victor. But Harry Maguire won a header from a corner and Kane was on hand at the far post to nod in the victor before being mobbed by his ecstatic teammates.
A World Cup sign outside Woolpack pub.
England can't expect to win this World Cup unless at least one of them is able to relieve the pressure on Kane by finding their goal scoring touch in Russian Federation.
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As well as failing to score in that game, he looked exhausted and leggy, and my message to him then was he had to improve dramatically or he would soon lose his place leading England's attack in France.
I think it was even more important because of the way we went out of the European Championship two years ago.
"He gets himself in great positons and if we can find him, we will, and more often than not he's going to score".
"I worked hard to get where I am".
Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli were also below-par in Volgograd - Lingard missed three clear chances to add to his one goal in 13 appearances - but Sterling is the one whose performance level drops furthest when he changes his club shirt for an England jersey.