Gareth Southgate has explained his England selection of Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, claiming the 19-year-old is seen as a senior player.
He was available for the England Under-21s European Championships this summer but Man United were strongly against the idea, and Southgate then selected Rashford for the senior squad which plays two games next month.
Jose Mourinho argued Rashford’s eight senior caps was a reason why he should play with the England side and it seems like Southgate agrees with the decision.
Speaking of his talent, Southgate claims some of the best players for England are the youngest.
Southgate on Rashford missing U21s. "In my eyes, he's a senior player. Some of our best players are our youngest."
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 30, 2017
Mourinho will be delighted with the situation, as he will not want Rashford exhausted ahead of the new season as he’s already played 58 matches this season.
Rashford took Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s place up front this season with the big Swede ruled out, and he would have learnt many things this campaign with his time out wide on the wing and from one of the best strikers in the world in Zlatan acting as a coach at Old Trafford.
He has an incredible future ahead and although he’s still only at the start of his career, it’s clear he has all the attributes to become a top player.