Jermaine Jenas believes Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford should start for England at the World Cup
Manchester United’s Erik ten Hag has seen a surge in form which has seen the team sit just one point off the top four with a game to play.
That’s pretty impressive considering the team got off to the worst possible start to the season with back-to-back defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford.
One of the key factors behind the team’s rise in form has been the way forward Marcus Rashford has been leading the team with impressive performances throughout the campaign.
He was back at his best against West Ham United and scored the winning goal that got all three points for the team. The goal also marked his 100th goal for Manchester United, an impressive feat not achieved by many at the Theater of Dreams.
His performances have been recognized by fans and pundits with former Tottenham Hotspur star Jermaine Jenas speaking to BBC Sport (h/t Manchester Evening News) believing Rashford should be in Gareth Southgate’s plans for November’s FIFA World Cup.
“Based on his performances, Rashford is more than just a player who 100% needs to be in the Three Lions squad. Instead, after watching him at Old Trafford on Sunday, England manager Gareth Southgate will think Rashford may have to start his first game.”
Rashford has been in vital form since the start of the season and is in contention to be part of Gareth Southgate’s official World Cup squad.
With his current form, he should definitely be around the first team and get some minutes. After a poor performance last season, Rashford looks reinvigorated and is showing glimpses of the skills and abilities that made him a household name in the first place.
The official squad list will be released just days before the opening of the FIFA World Cup and with two league games to play before the end of the season, Rashford will have to continue his fine form and claim Gareth Southgate. .
The former Middlesbrough boss was also in attendance to witness his performance against West Ham. Rashford has mostly played down the flanks whenever he has represented the Three Lions.
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It remains to be seen whether Southgate will heed Jena’s advice – although that seems unlikely with Tottenham Hotspur captain Harry Kane the country’s captain and main man in the front row. A two-man strike partnership, on the other hand, will be an option but Southgate is unlikely to rely on his experience.