Jose Mourinho fears that Marcus Rashford will be forced to carry the load for England in friendlies with Germany and Brazil after Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli all dropped out of the squad.
The youngster, having played every game throughout September, was then started by Gareth Southgate for wins over Slovenia and Lithuania during the international break.
Such an overload of minutes ultimately meant Rashford picked up a knock and missed out on a place in the starting XI against Liverpool.
And Mourinho, according to the Mail Online‘s Simon Jones, has expressed concern that the 20-year-old will once again be overworked during the two week period with England.
Before we get into the issue of Rashford, it should be noted, just as a passing point, that England’s national side is an unmitigated shambles of the very highest order.
With ten months until the finals in Russia, the FA has been once again revealed as an institutionally racist, banal bureaucracy, Southgate hasn’t got a best XI or even a decided formation, and three of his biggest players – Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Jordan Henderson – aren’t available for what was meant to be acid tests against the two bests teams in world football.
Now just imagine throwing that into a major tournament in a country where England supporters will be target number one for trained Russian fighters wielding canes and machetes. It’s going to be a humiliating battering in every sense.
Anyway, when it comes to Rashford, Mourinho has every right to be fearful of both the youngster’s fitness for the upcoming month and his overall future. Youngsters of his quality will always be used and it could prompt ramifications further down the line.
How many talented starlets, after all, have been overworked, over-exposed and ultimately burned out by the time they reach ‘peak’. Michael Owen is an example; Theo Walcott another.
Supporters will just pray that Rashford doesn’t go down the same road.