Gareth Southgate today announced his under 21’s squad for the upcoming fixture against Norway.
Within the 24 players chosen sits the name Marcus Rashford.
Marcus Rashford burst onto the scene last season at Manchester United and was the only shining light from a dismal Euro 2016 for the England team.
In Euro 2016 we only saw a glimpse of what Marcus could do, although everything we did see gave us hope for the future.
The thing I love about Marcus Rashford is his ability to drive at defenders. His confidence and composure are as good as anyone else currently been considered for selection.
Sam Allardyce had hinted that to play for the senior England team, players would have to be playing regularly for their clubs. Unfortunately for Marcus and England supporters everywhere, he hasn’t featured in Jose Mourinho’s team selection so far this season and is therefore deemed undeserving of a place in Sam Allardyce’s squad.
My hope is that Rashford gets his chance in the Manchester United team, or that he is allowed to leave on loan. Jose Mourinho has a reputation of not using young talent to their full potential.
If Sam Allardyce’s mandate requires players to be playing regularly at their clubs’ level, it is essential that players like Marcus Rashford get the playing time required.
England needs to be focusing on the long-term future and implementing players who will develop and grow alongside each other. England needs to be thinking beyond Slovakia and Malta, and looking towards the next 15 years.