Marcus Rashford may be struggling to find the back of the net for club Manchester United, but the 20-year-old was in fine form in England training, bamboozling compatriot Lews Dunk on a number of occasions before finding the back of the net via a variety of finishes.
Gareth Southgate’s men are due to play Croatia (October 12) and Spain (October 15) and from the looks of it, Rashford will definitely start one of the two international fixtures.
Here’s why he deserves to start, either with Harry Kane or in his stead:
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Poor Dunk. He probably didn’t envisage that when he got his first-ever senior England call.
Rashford’s actually scored twice for England this season already, in a 1-2 defeat against Spain and a 1-0 win over Switzerland, in the first international break.
Whereas for club United, the fleet-footed striker has struggled to score. It’s not exactly his fault, as he’s found playing time extremely limited and Jose Mourinho’s sides have never truly been classified as free-scoring anyway.
The Red Devils are in eight place in the Premier League table, despite their miraculous 3-2 win over Newcastle United on the weekend.
Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are tied at the top, separated only by goal difference, a massive seven points of the big-spending Red Devils.
There’s been talk of Rashford moving elsewhere in search of more minutes, but Mourinho remains adamant that the young striker still plays a lot and it would be in his best interests to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place.
Should the Manchester United Academy graduate score for the Three Lions in their high-profile international fixtures, the rumour mills could go back into overdrive.
The January transfer window is less than two months away and a switch cannot be ruled out entirely at this point.