Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has been revealed as one of three stars to pull out of Gareth Southgate’s upcoming England squad, with the in-form winger having reportedly picked up an injury.
Rashford has been in the form of his life under Erik ten Hag, with the 26-year-old having scored 14 times and registered a further 3 assists in the Premier League for the Red Devils, spearheading their push for Champions League football.
But he picked up a knock during his side’s 3-1 FA Cup quarter-final win over Fulham, having to be replaced by Fred with seven minutes to go in the game.
And that has ruled him out of England’s upcoming games against Ukraine and Italy, which are the first two in Gareth Southgate’s side’s attempts to qualify for Euro2024.
Manchester United fans will be hoping that the issue is not too serious, with Ten Hag’s side facing a massive clash against Newcastle United on April 2nd as they look to pull away from the chasing pack for the top four and already without Casemiro through suspension.
Rashford is not the only absentee for the Three Lions either, with both Mason Mount and Nick Pope having withdrawn through injury too.
Chelsea boss Graham Potter had already explained the Chelsea man’s absence.
“He’s never been available as far as I’m aware”, Potter told the media.
“I don’t have all the contacts of all the doctors and so it’s not like I’m up to [speed] on everything here. But as far as I was aware, he wasn’t going to be available for us at the weekend.
“He needed a bit of time for his injury to settle down, which pretty much ruled him out of the England thing. Whether that means they needed a bit of time to double-check that, I don’t know.”
Tottenham goalkeeper Fraser Forster has been called up to replace Pope, but beyond that England are set to be two men light for the start of their qualification campaign.
“No further replacements are planned and 23 players arrived at St. George’s Park on Monday”, the FA confirmed in a statement.