Marcus Rashford ‘unlikely’ to be named in England squad for upcoming friendlies amid Manchester United’s worrying form
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is unlikely to be selected by England manager Gareth Southgate for the upcoming friendlies given his indifferent form and lack of playing time.
Rashford, 24, has had a difficult time at United this season. The player registered just five goals and two assists in 24 games for the Red Devils. italian journalist fabrice romano reported that the England striker is considering his future, with his United career on the rocks.
Latest news, via ESPN, suggests the star could be omitted from Southgate’s England squad for friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast at the end of the month.
Mark Ogden believes the striker’s FIFA World Cup aspirations could be in jeopardy. This is said to be one of the main reasons Rashford is considering leaving Old Trafford.
Under United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick, the 24-year-old has only had two starts in his last 11 games.
It’s a stark contrast to the heights Rashford achieved in previous seasons, with the player being a main man in the Old Trafford team for most of his short career.
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Rashford’s poor form this season at Old Trafford could result in the striker not being selected, with many top wingers at the forefront this season.
Rashford’s Manchester United team-mate Jadon Sancho, Manchester City duo Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden, Chelsea playmaker Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka and Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe impressed.
Even youngsters like Crystal Palace duo Michael Olise and Conor Gallagher, Aston Villa starlet Jacob Ramsey and West Ham United winger Jarrod Bowen stand a chance of making Southgate’s squad.
It will be worrying for Manchester United star Rashford, who was previously one of the first names in the England team.
The striker’s versatility and experience might be lacking at Southgate. However, with only a 23-man squad to choose from, Rashford needs a huge turnaround in fortune to make the squad.
Reports of unrest did not help as time is running out for Rashford. The Manchester-born player will be hoping to find his way back into Rangnick’s first team and Southgate’s.