Former England and Ipswich defender Terry Butcher believes that Marcus Rashford deserves a chance to start for England against Slovakia on Monday night.
The 19-year-old, who scored on his England debut last year, has only made one start for his national side since Gareth Southgate became manager.
He was introduced at half time during an insipid clash with Malta on Friday and immediately brought the game for life, claiming an assist for Harry Kane late on.
And Butcher, speaking on Radio 5 Live, noted that the teenager had merited a place ahead of Raheem Sterling in the England starting XI.
“Rashford, he should start on Monday (against Slovakia),” he said. “He should start England games. Are we breeding players in our academies to take people on?
“Sterling went past his full-back once on Friday and Rashford came on and did it straight away. That excites people. His passing may not be great, his final ball might not be great. But he gets into areas that hurt teams.
“With Harry Kane in the box, two goals and he laid one on, he’s maturing into a very good striker.”
There aren’t many life experiences more sapping than watching England. I would describe it as a mixture of immense strife and fear. That, above anything, is what hallmarks the average performance from our dear national side.
And Rashford, in this sense, is a superb breath of fresh air. The teenager is raw, fearless, and seemingly immune from the neurosis that has pervaded the England set-up for so many years. For many, playing for England is massive burden; but for Rashford, playing for England is just another game.
That mentality, especially in tense encounters, will go some way making England slightly more watchable in the future.