Gareth Southgate: Marcus Rashford can emulate David Beckham and Paul Scholes

by Tanveer Arayan

England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate believes Marcus Rashford has the right mentality to emulate some of the country’s best players.

Southgate is set to hand the Manchester United striker his U21s debut against Norway after he dropped down from the senior side.

Rashford scored eight goals last season and found the back of the net on his England debut against Australia in May, before making two appearances at Euro 2016.

Speaking about Rashford, Southgate claims he doesn’t seem fazed by obstacles ahead of him.

“It is an interesting point,” he said.

“One of the elements you are very aware of in all of those players is that they’re not fazed by anything that is thrown at them. That would seem to be what has happened so far with Marcus and I’m sure that could influence the path.

“But I think it is really early to say where he is going to be and what he is going to be.

“From my point of view it has been about how we were able to make this week as strong a learning experience for him as possible and give him the best opportunity to perform while at the same time wanting that for all of the players.

“If you look at the top players, in the end it’s the mental side that differentiates.”

Rashford will get his first taste of the U21s in the Euro 2017 qualifier on Tuesday afternoon after already featuring in the senior side.

He was one of the only players to leave to competition in France with any credit out of the England squad, despite only playing two brief cameos off the bench against Wales and Iceland.

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