Gareth Southgate reckons Marcus Rashford has what it takes to become a star for England
Marcus Rashford is in line to play a role in the England attack in the friendly tonight against Germany in Dortmund, after impressing Southgate.
The 19-year-old Manchester United star is expected to win his seventh cap, and Gareth Southgate said: “I thought Marcus was excellent for United in their FA Cup game in the game against Chelsea last week.
Gareth Southgate has been impressed by Marcus Rashford's mentality
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"He makes powerful runs in behind defenders, and for a lot of that game he had to play on his own and carry the fight.
“I liked his mentality when we had him with the under-21s. He was very mature, very humble. He wants to learn, wants to improve, has a good view on the game and for a young player I think he has intelligent input when you ask him tactical things. He is not afraid to voice that, even among older players.”
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Marcus Rashford in action during England training ahead of their clash with Germany
And the England coach is adamant that the youngster will not freeze on the big stage in Germany.
“I think he’s probably at the stage where he is young enough that he is not thinking about that. He’s just enjoying his football and he is playing in a good club side with some outstanding players around him.
“We like him. He’s not the finished article, obviously. There is still plenty for him to learn but he’s an exciting talent.”