UNITED SPECIAL SOUTHGATE: RASHFORD HAS TO PLAY REGULARLY
GARETH Southgate believes the only way Marcus Rashford is going to improve for United is if he plays more regularly.
The Reds striker started for England against Spain on Saturday night and while he scored, he missed two other big chances.
Rashford has started just one game for United this season and will miss the next three after his red card at Burnley – and Southgate thinks that impacted on his performance.
“The only way for him to improve is by playing. He knows we have real belief in him,” the England man- ●● ager said. “I think we also have to remember his age and what he’s achieved in a short period of time.
“He’s got a tremendous mentality, he’s got great talent, we think he’s got everything to go on and be a top player and I’m sure he’ll do that.”
Rashford scored for England after a great assist from United team-mate Luke Shaw, but also missed two good chances during his performance at Wembley.
And Southgate was eager to praise Rashford for his goal rather than berate him for the chances he missed.
“I’d rather focus on the fact he got his goal, which was really well taken. Good save from the header. And he’s in the right position to try and finish the next one,” Southgate said.
“As he gets more experience and confidence in those situations, he’ll finish them.
“He’s a player that in this period we definitely wanted to invest time in - that’s why we started Gomez and Rashford and Shaw.
“He’s scored a goal and was in the penalty box more. At times, his previous goals have come outside the box.
“We know he can hit things, we’ve been encouraging him to get higher up the pitch, not drop quite as deep and he got his reward for that.”
Jordan Henderson is also confident Wythen- shawe lad Rashford can continue making strides with England, and help fill the void left by Jamie Vardy.
“We know how talented Marcus is,” said the Liverpool midfielder.
“His was a great finish. He had another one or two chances that maybe ●● he would have liked to have scored, but I thought he looked sharp.
“He was lively and he’s always a threat on the counter-attack.
“He’s a fantastic young player so he just needs to keep learning, keep improving. He’s a big part of our team.” ●●
David de Gea saves a Marcus Rashord shot in the England-Spain game on Saturday
Marcus Rashford appears to be enjoying England training