Marcus Rashford has been working hard in training with England ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier with Scotland at Hampden Park.
Rashford has enjoyed a hugely successful first full season with the Manchester United seniors, making more appearances than any other player (53) after gaining Jose Mourinho’s trust early on and picking up two more major trophies in the process.
He was pictured putting in the hard yards in training ahead of the trip to Hampden Park on Saturday.
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) June 6, 2017
Now, listen, watching Rashford play football is one of my favourite things in the world, and the prospect of the 19-year-old cutting through Scotland’s defence is tantalising, to say the least, but he should not be in this current England squad.
This is purely because Rashford has made 71 appearances for United (the majority of which being 90 minute stints) and played in a major international tournament ever since making his senior debut 15 months ago. That kind of workload would be intense even for hardened professionals, let alone 19-year-olds.
And Southgate, a keen investor in youth, ought to be aware of the potential consequences that come with giving young players that much game time over such a short period.