Written by David Robinson
Sam Allardyce has announced his first England squad which is set to face Slovakia away from home on the 4th September. As ever the announcement usually brings some displeasure with plenty of debate about who should make the cut. Michail Antonio & Theo Walcott are probably the two names that standout most in this squad however I would like to focus on an individual left out of Sam Allardyce’s immediate plans, 18 year old sensation Marcus Rashford.
I personally cannot understand why the teenager has been left out, highlighted even more so when he showed his class being a game changer at the weekend against Hull. The argument will very much depend on each individuals opinion on where will be the best place for him to develop, in the senior team or in the under 21’s?
If he is not guaranteed a game at all under Big Sam I can see the reasoning although I find it mind blowing how a player so talented is not one of the first names on the team sheet. Rashford only featured for the Three Lions in cameo appearances during Euro 2016 but even in a short space of time he was easily one of Hodgson’s most threatening players, someone that has no fear and is willing to stretch the pitch and make the opposition run towards their own goal, a quality that really no player had in the Euro 2016 squad.
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Everything that the Manchester United player touches seems to end in a goal since his shock introduction at Old Trafford, he has carried on impressing even with reduced game time under Mourinho, with this in mind he should not suffer a burnt out at all as he looks set to feature sparingly under his new boss. This would then be the perfect opportunity to release the 18 year old onto the international stage. I’m a believer that you should nearly always play your best side during the International matches as forming a cohesive side is surely a massive part of building a team that simply performs like one. In the past in friendlies there are far too many experiments, ones that continue over to a tournament which turn into an embarrassing failed experiment. I would have hoped to see Rashford lead the line or at least feature on the wing, an area that is incredibly weak suggested by the inclusion of Walcott.
With Allardyce not wanting to heap much pressure on the youngster, that is possibly a fair justification but the forward is the most talented teenager in the country, going into the Under 21’s under Southgate will not be beneficial for his development in any way in my opinion, he simply cannot be wasted.
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