Gareth Southgate: Marcus Rashford will be with England’s senior squad soon

by Tanveer Arayan


England Under-21 coach Gareth Southgate understands he could lose Marcus Rashford to the senior squad for good soon.

The Manchester United striker is in Southgate’s squad for their Euro 2017 qualifier against Norway on Tuesday after being dropped from Sam Allardyce’s England squad.

He made two appearances for Roy Hodgson’s England side at Euro 2016 after scoring on his senior international debut against Australia.

Speaking about Rashford, Southgate claims the youngsters mentality has been excellent to work with.

“We will always review things before each month, so it is not easy to be precise about what will happen,” he said.

“Sam had four excellent forwards yesterday but you never know what happens with injuries, so it is difficult to plot from month-to-month.

“This is the first time that we have had the opportunity to work with him (Rashford). The most pleasing thing has been his mentality. This is an easy group to get on with but he looks like he has been here a long time. His mentality has been excellent.

“I have not spoken to Jose (Mourinho) this time but Sam and I have made the decision. Moving forward it is difficult to have a plan. Eric Dier and Dele Alli were with us last September and by November they had gone. The leap can be so quick and you never know when it will happen.”

He has continued to knock down all expectations of himself since his debut last season and played a vital role under Louis van Gaal, scoring eight times for United last season.

Although he was left out of Allardyce’s squad for their opening 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Slovakia, he has a sensible head on his shoulders and will be relishing the opportunity to prove himself once again.

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