Marcus Rashford receives plenty of plaudits despite England woes

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United U18s in action during the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester United U18s and Hull City U18s at Old Trafford on January 13, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Manchester United have three England players in the squad for the European Championships – Two of which were a shoe-in for the starting line-up. However, it was the wildcard in Marcus Rashford who can home with his head held high.

One man who agrees with that statement is former professional-turned-pundit, Alan Shearer.

“Our players caved tonight. We’ve all played under pressure, they caved and the manager caved. He gave Manchester United teenage striker Marcus Rashford four minutes and he still did more than anyone else.” Alan Shearer is quoted as saying.

It really is credit to just how far Marcus Rashford has come in such a short space of time. The 18-year-old wasn’t even playing regular football at the start of February, and shortly after, he is the only player coming back home from France with any credibility whatsoever.

What an influential figure Rashford proved to be, and the stat that says it all is the fact that the Mancunian completed more take-ons (3), in five minutes, than any other Englishman managed throughout the duration of the game.

Going forward, the new manager simply has to make a spot in the line-up on a regular basis for the young man. They have to completely refresh this squad in a positive way, and I really don’t envy whoever the new England manager may be – because he has a hugely difficult job.

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