Jesse Lingard: It will be hard to stop Marcus Rashford if he scores for England

by Tanveer Arayan

Jesse Lingard believes Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford will be hard to stop if he scores his first competitive goal for England on Saturday.

With Harry Kane currently ruled out with an ankle injury, Rashford has the perfect opportunity to make his mark on the side against Malta in England’s second 2018 World Cup qualifier in Group F.

He scored on his international debut in a friendly against Australia in May and despite being dropped to Gareth Southgate’s U21s side, went onto prove himself perfectly by scoring a hat-trick on his England U21s debut.

Speaking about Rashford, Lingard claims he can be prolific for England if he finds the back of the net at Wembley stadium.

“He scores or has a say in goals in most games he plays in for Manchester United now. He is contributing well for the club and hopefully he can carry it on with England too,” he said.

“It would be massive for him to get his first goal for England in a competitive game against Malta. His confidence is already high anyway, but it will get even bigger if was to score at Wembley.

“Over the months he’s matured very well from making his Manchester United debut to now.

“Marcus has gained a lot of experience in the Premier League as well as an international. He is coming on nicely and we shouldn’t forget that he is still only young. He is still going to grow and so can only get bigger.

“I have never seen him fazed by anything at all. He has a love for the game and can do anything when the ball is at his feet.

“He is still young, everything is going right for him at the moment and I hope he carries it on from here.”

Rashford has had an incredible rise to prominence, after his debut against FC Midtjylland in February, he’s gone from a relatively unknown talent to one of the most exciting prospects in European football.

Hopes are he’s able to find the back of the net for England and continue his spectacular fairytale story.

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