Marcus Rashford withdraws from England squad

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has withdrawn from the England squad for the upcoming internationals against Albania and San Marino.

The 24-year-old was a member of the squad that reached the Euro 2020 final this summer, missing a penalty in the shootout as they were defeated by Italy.

Following that tournament, Rashford opted to undergo shoulder surgery to deal with a long-standing problem and subsequently missed the first three months of the campaign.

Rashford returned following the last international break and has scored three goals in six appearances, with goals against Leicester City, Atalanta and Tottenham Hotspur.

However he is yet to complete 90 minutes since his return to action and after a bout of illness last week, has opted to stay behind instead of joining up with the national team and focus on getting 100% fit.

Rashford has been in-and-out of the starting lineup since his return, but has mainly been limited to substitute appearances with Solskjaer opting for a 3-5-2 formation in recent games after a 5-0 thumping by Liverpool at Old Trafford.

With United in such poor form, they need their key players at their best to have a chance of turning it around and Rashford has been one of those senior players for a number of seasons now despite his young age.

England have called up Emile Smith-Rowe to the senior squad, with Gareth Southgate naming a relatively strong attack in his initial 25-man squad last week.

United duo Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho both missed out on a call-up after a lack of first-team minutes so far this season. However all of Tammy Abraham, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka were named in the squad for the two games.

Rashford and Man United will return to action against Watford on November 20th at Vicarage Road, hoping to earn a much needed win in the Premier League.


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