Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford must play centrally to evidence his true talent, Martin Keown has claimed.
The 19-year-old was in action for England on Thursday night, starting on the left-wing as he has done throughout the last two seasons for club and country.
The Three Lions needed a late Harry Kane winner to beat Slovenia, qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with that three points.
And Rashford must play more centrally in future for his country.
“I like the way Marcus Rashford runs at people and asks questions of defenders.
“All the best players, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, started as wingers at some point and Rashford just needs to drift a bit more central and express himself more coming off the touchline,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“I think he’ll be a top player, and they don’t stay fixed for too long out wide.
“Outside left should only be his starting position when it comes to the World Cup.”
Rashford himself has reiterated his desire to play as a central striker in the long-term, speaking to the England media pack before Thursday’s game in a rare interview.
Most Man United fans would accept the youngster’s future as being up front, but the reality is that that will be difficult. Romelu Lukaku is just 24 and the £75m summer signing is in incredible form, with 11 goals in 10 games.
Anthony Martial, Rashford’s current competition on the left-wing, is only a couple of years older than his teammate and also flying.
It may be some years before Rashford starts getting in excess of five games a season up front. For now, his development is better playing on the left-wing than not at all, but United boss Jose Mourinho is giving him occasional tastes of the central role, including against Burton Albion in the EFL Cup where he scored twice.