Marcus Rashford is set to replace Harry Kane in Sam Allardyce’s next England squad after the Tottenham Hotspur striker suffered an injury set-back against Sunderland in the Premier League.
Controversially omitted from Allardyce’s first England squad in late August, Rashford responded through a series of effervescent performances under Jose Mourinho, netting three goals in the process.
Allardyce will name his second England squad next week ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia in October.
And with Kane set for a spell on the sidelines, Rashford, according to the Independent’s Jack Austin, will receive a chance to wreak havoc on the international stage once again.
Even a fully fit Kane, based on current form, would not deserve a place ahead of Rashford in this England squad. Whilst undoubtedly prolific for Spurs, the Englishman, placed alongside Rashford, looks like a blunt instrument.
Take England’s Euro 2016 game with Iceland: it is not an exaggeration to say that the 18-year-old created more danger in five minutes than what Kane managed in the entire game.
Rashford’s raw aggression and rabid fearlessness – a trait that eludes more or less every England player – is exactly what this confidence sapped, uneasy squad requires at this given time. And if any doubts exist over whether the youngster could thrive at such a level, just remember the mismatch that occurred when Rashford was placed in the national U21s side.