Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Marcus Rashford’s reduced playing time with the Red Devils should not have a detrimental effect on his place with the England national team.
The 20-year-old has failed to start a single Premier League game since Boxing Day, and during this period, he has struggled with poor form and minor knocks which have restricted him to a bench role.
Speaking prior to the Crystal Palace game, Mourinho spoke of Rashford’s versatility on the playing field, and believes Gareth Southgate would pick him regardless of his limited game time, he asserted: “If the national coach trusts him, he selects him. It doesn’t matter if he plays or if he doesn’t play.”
Rashford made his England debut during the summer of 2016, and though he did not get an extended role during the European Championship, he showed the desire during the country’s shock 2-1 defeat to Iceland, where he came on as a late substitute.
Though Mourinho would prefer Rashford in the Three Lions squad, it is not certain that Rashford will make the trip to Russia, given Southgate has clarified that he won’t pick players, who do not participate regularly in the Premier League.
The form of Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial has not been of late, and Rashford may have to take any chances which come by in the coming weeks in order to avoid staying at home for the summer World Cup.