Gareth Southgate: We believe in Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford

by Marwan Harraz

England manager Gareth Southgate has claimed that he believes in Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford ahead of the World Cup.

The 2018 edition of football’s biggest international tournament is set to begin this summer in Russia with many fans expecting the youngster to feature for his nation.

Rashford has been ever present for United this season and has been in decent form for the club so far as the campaign draws to a close.

The academy product can still conclude the season well having begun it fantastically but many expect him to play for England nonetheless.

Southgate has made it a point that he’s going to rely on the nation’s upcoming young talents and will blood many of them in the World Cup.

According to the Express, Gareth said: “He’s [Rashford] a player who belongs on the big stage. I think we have quite a few players with that X-factor, and certainly Marcus is a player we believe in.

“The thing about him is his mentality. He’s got a top mentality, which is what we saw in Kane at that age. I also think he’s mentally tough.

“The kids at Manchester United are brought up to play in front of 70,000 people, so the big games don’t faze them. That is part of the deal with playing for England.”

Many sections of the media believe that Marcus’ appearances have suffered due to Alexis Sanchez’s arrival from Arsenal in the January transfer window.

However, it couldn’t be further away from the truth with the 20 year old’s absence simply coinciding with the Chilean’s completed transfer.

The striker turned winger had suffered an injury as well as an ill spot of form that saw Anthony Martial take advantage with the Frenchman winning the club’s player of the month for January.

The statistics don’t lie and Marcus Rashford has made 42 appearances across all competitions for United so far this season.

That’s certainly enough to deserve being called up for England and definitely is a higher number compared to some of the nation’s other talents.

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