Gary Neville: Raheem Sterling should play ahead of Marcus Rashford

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has stated he believes Raheem Sterling should continue to start ahead of Marcus Rashford for England in the World Cup.

The pair are said to be competing for the same position to be playing alongside Tottenham’s Harry Kane as the Three Lions aim to go as far as possible in the international competition.

Sterling has been in fine form for Manchester City this season, even managing to grab an impressive goal haul but his inefficiency has seen him come under some criticism.

Rashford is the more natural striker and finisher but Neville believes it’s important to keep the faith with the manager’s decisions in order to support the players.

It’s obviously not a good idea to make any knee jerk reactions but United fans definitely want to see more of their own star ahead of the City star.

According to Give Me Sport, Gary said: “I think in terms of Marcus Rashford, there will be questions always about Raheem Sterling.

“We covered him before the tournament but I think it would be sensible to continue to persist with him because if you go with him in the first game, then I think you [play him in the second match] to give him the confidence that you believe in him.

“Marcus came on and did well. There’s no rush. You’ll need these players, Gareth has mentioned that.”

Marcus had previously discussed how he feels comfortable playing alongside Kane and tactically it makes sense why he would feel that way.

The youngster is more of a poacher than anything else and poachers tend to do better in two striker formations so the Tottenham’s striker’s link-up play should help him tenfold.

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