Gareth Southgate to Recall Manchester United Striker to England Squad

Marcus Rashford celebrates with his Manchester United team-mates

According to Jacob Steinberg & David Hytner, England Manager Gareth Southgate is set to include Marcus Rashford in his 26-man England World Cup squad.

Marcus Rashford Set for England Squad Recall

Southgate to Reward Rashford With Recall

Marcus Rashford has not been played for the Three Lions since 2020 when the England team were defeated by Italy and Rashford missed a penalty. The 25-year-old had also been plagued by injuries which didn’t help his cause.

Rashford has so far had an encouraging season, playing 13 matches and netting four times. The forward also currently has two assists. This call-up is the ultimate reward for Rashford, who would relish playing for his country at the World Cup.

The lack of quality finishers in the squad has been a well-known fact for quite a while. Lack of game time for Rashford has kept him out of the International side. The 25-year-old has plenty of experience playing for England and so has never had the door totally closed on a return.

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Rashford Squad Place Welcome

Although the forward has not scored an England goal since the 2016/2017 World Cup qualifiers, Rashford has played the majority of games in international competitions up to 2020. The United forward would no doubt love to correct that, especially at the most prestigious event in the football calendar.

Rashford will be a good addition to the squad if the 25-year-old can remain injury free. With the World Cup just days away, no one wants to pick up an injury and see their dream die. Huddersfield Town defender Yuta Nakayama suffered an Achilles injury just last week and had been selected as part of the Japan squad. The 25-year-old will now miss the tournament as the injury has ruled him out for the rest of the season.

An injury now, with the competition only days away is devastating. Rashford will hope to be welcomed back into the England fold, whilst protecting himself from any injury that could force him out before he gets the chance. The United forward is likely to be named in Southgate’s squad at 2pm.

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