Nicky Butt: Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford isn’t ready for England

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United’s academy chief Nicky Butt believes that Marcus Rashford may suffer if called up by England for Euro 2016.

Rashford burst onto the scene at Man United earlier this term after he scored four goals in his first two appearances for the club.

England boss Roy Hodgson recently insisted he is not ruling out the possibility of including Rashford in his squad for the Euros but Butt was adamant that it would be too much, too soon for the youngster.

“Rashford is one of a few that we’re excited about, he’s come into the first-team and done extremely well,” Butt said.

“He’s taken everything on board and just played football. He played well and wasn’t feared in front of the crowd. I don’t think he’s ready for England though, he’s a young boy that is still learning the game. Talk of England is too soon and may do him more damage than good.”

Butt is absolutely right. Rashford is still very much learning his trade and taking him to the Euros would put a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders.

There is a tendency in England to overhype young players and Rashford should have to prove himself on a consistent basis before he earns himself a regular England call-up.

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