Ashley Young: Marcus Rashford will be a major player in the World Cup

by Marwan Harraz

Ashley Young has backed Marcus Rashford to become a major player for England in the upcoming summer World Cup in Russia.

The youngster has been called up by Gareth Southgate and is expected to be the spark in a youthful squad.

Rashford has had a decent season with Manchester United but that hasn’t stopped some Three Lions fans from criticising the manager for calling him up.

Southgate has decided to go with a more young group of players than most supporters are used to but he’s generally selected players on merit rather than reputation.

Young though insists that Marcus is deserving of his place and believes the academy player will continue to prove his worth on the biggest international stage.

According to the Herald, Ashley said: “I think he’s [Rashford] going to cope really well. I’ve said it from the time I saw him in the youth team – he’s got a massive future ahead of him.

“He’s a fantastic player and if he keeps going the way he is, he can set the world alight. It’s the World Cup coming up and that could be his stage to show everybody just how far he’s come from when he made his debut.

“I think if you look at the goals he has scored on how many different debuts, it just shows in itself he steps up in the big games and he can produce.

“He’s definitely been fantastic for us at United and he’s definitely going to be a major player for us at the World Cup.”

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial started of their seasons fighting with each other for a place in the starting line up.

Both players were competing for the left-wing position until Alexis Sanchez was signed in January from Arsenal and there was suddenly uncertainty over their futures.

The Chilean is a top talent without a doubt but there was hope he could adapt to the right-wing or attacking midfield position.

Unfortunately that wasn’t the case with Jose Mourinho essentially forced into playing him on the left and seceding the youngsters’ match time.

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