Gareth Southgate gives warning over 'game time'

Silvia Morton
September 14, 2018

Rashford has indeed out-paced Ronaldo's early production with Manchester United, outscoring the former No. 7 in a direct comparison of the pair's first three seasons at Old Trafford. So Phil came on at the end.

That is the warning from England manager Gareth Southgate, who understands Rashford's ongoing frustrations at Manchester United but says no-one should forget he is an emerging world-class talent.

"He's got huge competition for places at his club so you can understand that [frustration]", Southgate said.

Like with so many others in the England squad, though, that confidence can only be maintained if Rashford plays for his club, no matter what he has achieved so far and the impressive comparisons he has drawn. He had left [Riyad] Mahrez out of the team, so he needed to get him on because he [Mahrez] is still adapting to the way of playing.

"Everton is a club where someone like a Rashford knows he can play every week". They have to try to win matches. "They have to rotate their squads".

"For me, it's the biggest club in the world, and I think he's got the potential to be one of the best".

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Rashford is not alone when it comes to young English players struggling to get regular opportunities in the Premier League.

"We really wanted to make Marcus feel important over this period", said Southgate.

Southgate, however, has reassured supporters that the young attacker, who scored the only goal of the game as England beat Switzerland 1-0 on Tuesday, is rated by his club boss as much as anyone else.

"It's not my business to interfere with club managers, they have a hard job to do and they have big squads at the top six, huge competition for places, so Jose thinks the world of Marcus".

"His confidence will be boosted I'm sure, two goals against top-quality opposition in both games".

Rashford has featured at times on the flanks but with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard also in the reckoning, starts have been few and far between.

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