Sam Allardyce: Marcus Rashford should start against Belgium

by Marwan Harraz

Former England manager Sam Allardyce has weighed in on the Marcus Rashford or Raheem Sterling debate and believes the former should start against Belgium.

The Three Lions take on the Red Devils in the final fixture of the group stages in the World Cup as both nation’s attempt to top the group they’re in.

With both country’s having already qualified for the round of 16, there’s not too much to play for other than pride and the desire to claim the first place.

Sterling has featured alongside Harry Kane for the first two matches in the World Cup but has failed to impress while Rashford has mainly been on the bench.

The Manchester United star is widely thought of as a more natural striker than the Manchester City man but hasn’t had as good a season as the latter.

According to the Evening Standard, Sam said to Talksport: “I can’t see any reason why Gareth shouldn’t play Marcus Rashford against Belgium.

“Raheem Sterling hasn’t delivered what we know he can deliver and what he has delivered at Manchester City. Unfortunately for him for two games he hasn’t shone quite as much as he has this season.

“So you’ve got to say why not Rashford? It’s not a must-win game, it’s almost a free game. Yes, we want to carry on the momentum, but Marcus Rashford scored a terrific goal in the friendly he played in.

“I wouldn’t say Raheem Sterling is a natural goalscorer, even though he got a huge amount of goals for Man City last season.

“Sterling is not as natural a goalscorer as Rashford, and the more goalscorers you have on the pitch the better chance you’ve got of going all the way.”

Marcus would definitely benefit from playing alongside another striker, particularly Kane who can drop deep and play him through to finish off chances.

The United academy product doesn’t appear to be the kind of forward who’s capable of leading the line on his own as has been shown on the odd occasion Jose Mourinho gave him the opportunity to do so.

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