Photos: Man United’s Marcus Rashford training with England’s U21s

by Leo Nieboer

Marcus Rashford has been pictured working hard with the England U21’s ahead of their game with Norway on Tuesday night.

The 18-year-old’s was omitted from Sam Allardyce’s first senior squad after receiving a lack of game time at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho.

Allardyce’s decision was consequently scrutinised when, one day later, Rashford completely altered the landscape of Man United’s game against Hull City, producing a direct, fearless performance and netting the winner in injury time.

Nevertheless, Rashford has been training with Gareth Southgate’s side, and will hope to further highlight the error in Big Sam’s thinking as he makes his U21 debut on Tuesday.

As England ineffectually laboured against Slovakia, mindlessly manoeuvring the ball around the periphery of their defence, one name sprung into my head: Marcus Rashford.

With England’s attacking performance quickly descending into an episode of grim inertia, the thought of Rashford bursting past defenders and weaving into the box – always with the purpose of fearlessly moving forward – seemed like the perfect antidote.

And yet, the 18-year-old remains on the periphery of both England and United’s first team squads. That, however, is set to change; he is simply too powerful, too bombastic and most of all too effective to omit from either side for too long.

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