Why exclusion from Allardyce's England squad will come as a bitter blow to Manchester United's Marcus Rashford
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford had a meteoric rise to fame last term, as the young striker burst onto the scene with two well-taken goals against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League. Many thought he’d be a one-game wonder, but he backed that up just a few days later with an equally impressive brace against Arsenal.
That led to the 18-year-old becoming a regular for the Red Devils under Louis van Gaal, and he repaid that faith with more goals as the season progressed, including a simply stunning individual goal against Manchester City to give the red half of Manchester the bragging rights.
Following that fine form, Rashford’s phenomenal progression continued as he was named in Roy Hodgson’s squad that travelled to France for the European Championships. We have witnessed glimpses of his capabilities with the Three Lions, despite the forward being criminally underused.
However, the start of this campaign has been somewhat of a reality check for the man from Wythenshawe. We all know that Jose Mourinho always opts for experience over youth, and the tried and tested instead of the unproven gamble.
That has sadly been the case, and Rashford is yet to play a competitive minute of football under the self-proclaimed Special One. Obviously, that will change as the season progresses, but for right now, the lack of game time has seen the striker dropped from Sam Allardyce’s first squad as England manager.
Instead, Rashford will be playing football over the next fortnight, but for Gareth Southgate’s U21 side. They take on Norway in an U21 European Championship qualifier.
This will be a bitter blow for Rashford, but he’ll have to keep working hard to impress in training. First and foremost, he has to concentrate on performing in the aforementioned qualifier against Norway, then head back to Old Trafford full of confidence.
He will get opportunities and chances to prove his worth. You’d imagine the Europa League and the newly-named EFL Cup would be a good starting point. Let’s not forget that the teenager is the only backup striker to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the first-team squad at the moment, and if the influential Swede were to pick up an injury, Marcus Rashford has to be ready to grasp that opportunity with both hands.
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