Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

England players need club games to keep places says Gareth Southgate

The 20-year-old showed his potential with two good displays against Spain and Switzerland The 20-year-old showed his potential with two good displays against Spain and Switzerland
Cary Erickson | 14 September, 2018, 13:12

Rashford scored both goals in England's two games during the global break - the opener against Spain in the 2-1 UEFA Nations League defeat and the victor in the 1-0 victory over Switzerland.

At just 18 years and 141 days, he became the youngest scorer for United in European competition and landmarks and records tumbled after that: scoring on his debut in the Premier League, the Champions League and League Cup, and in his first appearances for the England Under-21s and the England senior team - the youngest player to achieve that.

Rashford is up against the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial for a Red Devils starting spot.

Frustration: Rashford has found opportunities at Old Trafford hard to come by.

"He had 53 appearances, but if you want to take to the minutes of play, he played 3,068, and if you want to divide that by 90-minute matches, he played 34.2 matches of 90-minute matches in 2016-17".

"We have to remember that I don't think Harry, at that age, had hardly played anywhere near the matches for Spurs, really".

"Some of the stepovers and things Ronaldo was doing at that age, he wasn't converting them into the number of goals, so we have got to give him time to develop".

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Rashford has managed double digits in goals the past two seasons, while Ronaldo first achieved that feat in 2005-06, as he turned 21.

"Probably you should remind them he is suspended and can not play".

"Everybody's getting frustrated as he's not playing much, but he is playing for England". Solanke is yet to feature for Liverpool this season while Loftus-Cheek has not started for Chelsea.

Gareth Southgate has expressed frustration about Phil Foden's lack of first-team involvement for Manchester City and warned England's senior players they can not expect to keep their places if they are not involved more regularly for their club sides.

The England manager hopes that the intensification of the domestic season, with some clubs competing on three fronts as Europe fully kicks in next week, will mean that they get opportunities.

The problem for Rashford, and Southgate, is that he is not getting to play in his best position at United. "He was never, ever out for selection, so he knows, and that's the most important thing".

"But the media is very important and it is very important Manchester United supporters know the truth, that's why I'm going so specific about these numbers".