Marcus Rashford

Here’s why Rashford has to play for England at the World Cup

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Marcus Rashford has to be on the plane for England when it comes to going to Russia this summer – and it seems that Chris Waddle thinks the player himself has several admirable qualities, that will see him not only do well in Russia this summer but also for the rest of his career.

He admitted that Mourinho and Southgate have spoken about the lack of playing time Rashford has had – but that he will be on the plane regardless.

BBC Sport report he said: “England manager Gareth Southgate is right – Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is a must for the World Cup.

Rashford showed why he has to be on the plane to Russia this summer with his performance in United’s win over Liverpool on Saturday, when he scored twice in the first game he had started in the Premier League this year.

He has not been playing much recently, but United manager Jose Mourinho says Southgate has told him that does not matter and that Rashford will be in his squad this summer anyway.

I completely agree with him. Rashford is only 20, but he is ready now and he could make a big impact for England on the world stage.”

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Waddle went on to talk about just how Rashford impresses him and said that he carries the ball well – and makes sure that defenders know he’s there and are scared of him.

The game against Liverpool showed that tenfold and while Lukaku was there holding the ball up and bullying Dejan Lovren, Rashford was clinical enough to put the ball into the back o of the net.

One of the things Rashford does really well is carry the ball. England just don’t have many players who can do that effectively.

His pace scares defenders and is another reason he is such a handful because he likes to take them on.

He is very direct, he gets at people and we know he can finish too – his first goal against Liverpool was brilliant.

Rashford showed great anticipation to run on to Romelu Lukaku’s flick, then, when he got inside the Liverpool box, he did a little trick to wrong-foot Trent Alexander-Arnold and his finish was absolutely first class. Nobody saves shots like that.

His second goal involved a little bit of good fortune – but he still took his chance and that will boost his confidence further.

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