Rangers defender Marius Zaliukas offered to play for club less than 24 hours after England clash

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The Lithuanian defender faced off against England at Wembley last night.

England comfortably dispatched of Lithuania yesterday. Goals from Wayne Rooney, an own goal, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane did the business for England however the opponents did not offer much of a challenge.

Lithuania are certainly better than the performance they showed last night but they failed to turn up and were rightly punished by a ruthless England team.

Not many of the Lithuania players were recognisable to England fans before the game, but one name that did ring a bell was Marius Zaliukas.

The centre-back is a former Leeds player and currently plays for Rangers.

Rangers take on Cowdenbeath this afternoon, so are without the experienced defender. However, Rangers boss Stuart McCall has revealed that Zaliukas offered to play for Rangers, less than 24 hours after lining up against Rooney and co.

McCall told the Daily Record:

“In fairness to him, he has offered his services, but I said he will need a good night’s sleep and a good day’s rest after chasing Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney around Wembley.

“He is kidding himself on if he thinks he can play against England at night and then play for us the next day."

He will certainly need his rest. The former Leeds man did not exactly cover himself in glory last night, as the England attack ripped into him and the rest of the Lithuania defence seemingly at will.

Zaliukas has played 12 times for Rangers in the Scottish Championship this season and would have been a welcome addition to the Rangers squad today.

But after the night he just had, a day off will do him some good.

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