Gary Lineker raves about Marcus Rashford

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has pulled out of the England squad to work on his fitness.

Rashford’s initial call-up was the first time Gareth Southgate has included him in his Three Lions plans since Euro 2020.

He has three goals in six games since his return from injury, and has earned praise from Match of the Day host Gary Lineker.

Speaking on the Match of the Day Top 10 show, Lineker, who scored 48 goals for England during his career, made his admiration for Rashford clear.

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“He’s a wonderful human being and a brilliant footballer,” said Lineker. “Super talented.

“His performances generally are (good), he performs. Perhaps he could score a few (more); he’s not a natural poacher. I love him when he plays on that left hand side and goes at players and makes things happen.

“The worry and it will happen at some point, are the people who – when he has a little bad patch – will go: ‘it’s because you’re not focusing on football’.

“Even though it’s nonsense, because he has already performed really well over a long period of time. It happens; they build you up and then they go for you.”

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Obviously, it is not an especially good time for any United player right now.

Rashford will be pleased with his goal return since coming back to fitness, but he suffered a knock ahead of the Manchester City clash and clearly is not fit enough to link up with England.

He has huge competition for his place in the side at both club and international level now.

Criticism is coming every United player’s way at the moment and it is up to Rashford to be among those who react well to that.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.