Ian Wright: Marcus Rashford needs to develop before England call-up

by Tanveer Arayan

Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes it is too soon for Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford to receive an England call-up.

Rashford has enjoyed a fine start to his Man United career, scoring the winner against Manchester City on Sunday. The strike came after four goals in his first two games against FC Midtjylland and Arsenal earlier this term.

There have been murmurs that England boss Roy Hodgson is keeping his eye on Rashford but Wright insisted that the 18-year-old should be allowed to develop.

“I think that Marcus Rashford, playing for Manchester United, and to get in their first-team and make the impact he has done. That is world news simply because of his age,” Wright said.

“But we’ve got enough forwards at the moment. Let Marcus Rashford develop. He is already at a big club and he seems to be able to deal with the pressure.

“But we should let him develop, let him deal with the pressures of England at his age group. Then, when the time is right, he can come into the squad.

“I really hope that people don’t start talking him up for getting into the squad. Even if people get injured, we should learn from the past.”

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While it is true that Rashford shouldn’t get too ahead of himself, he seems to have shouldered all the pressure that has come his way relatively comfortably.

The saying goes that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough and van Gaal has stayed true to that mantra. It remains to be seen if Hodgson is convinced to do the same.

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