Chris Waddle believes Roy Hodgson got it all wrong with his deployment of Marcus Rashford at Euro 2016.
The youngster was a surprise inclusion in Hodgson’s squad but came on with 20 minutes to play during England’s victory over Wales and helped inject speed into the attacking force.
Having made his debut for Manchester United last season and scoring twice against Midtjylland in the Europa league before scoring twice in his Premier League debut against Arsenal, Rashford became one of the most talked about talents emerging from Old Trafford in years.
He insists Hodgson misused Rashford by not bringing the 18-year-old on until four minutes before the final whistle against Iceland.
“We’ve got players who are playing with no confidence,” he said.
“Surely Roy Hodgson should have played Marcus Rashford. He came on against Wales and did well. He was probably our best player during in that five minutes he played.
“Why was he stripped, ready to come on but just standing on the sidelines waiting. Get him on and get some balance in the side. There was nobody on the left until Rashford came on.”
In what has widely considered the worst result in English footballing history, Hodgson and England’s players will have to prepare for plenty of criticism in the coming weeks.
Hodgson resigned after the tournament but the lack of intensity during the Iceland match was staggering and only improved when Rashford came onto the field.
As Waddle says, he was good against Wales and commands extra attention from defenders when he runs in his direct style with the kind of pace that requires cover from a central defender or midfielder. This could have opened up things in the penalty area had he been given more time but with England headed home, we can only speculate as to whether or not this is the case.
Jose Mourinho loves using speedy wingers in an effort to beat teams on the counter and can consider himself lucky as he will be able to count on the young and energetic Rashford next season. United fans will be hoping the Portuguese boss will know how to use him and give him plenty of opportunities in the first-team after his spectacular debut season at Old Trafford.