Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford looks set to miss out on a place in the England squad for this month’s international friendlies.
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions face Switzerland and Ivory Coast at Wembley later this month, but ESPN report that Rashford isn’t expected to be called-up.
The same report also states that the 24-year-old is facing a battle to earn a place in the World Cup squad.
United’s number 10 played no part in England’s World Cup qualifying campaign and hasn’t featured for his nation since missing a penalty in the Euro 2020 final.
Rashford underwent shoulder surgery which forced him out of action at United until October where he marked his return by coming off the bench and scoring against Leicester City.
After scoring against Atalanta four days on from his cameo at the King Power Stadium, it looked like Rashford was eager to make up for lost time and was relishing finally playing injury free.
But since October, Rashford has only found the back of the net on two further occasions this season. He has five goals from 24 appearances this season.
His other strike in October came as a substitute in the 3-0 win at Tottenham.
Rashford is yet to score in the nine Premier League games he has started this season and his loss of form has led to him starting just two of the club’s last 11 games in all competitions.
Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka are likely to be selected by Southgate this month, with Rashford’s teammate Jadon Sancho expected to earn a recall following his good form.
West Ham forward Jarrod Bowen, who is battling a heel injury, is in contention for his first senior call-up following his tremendous season, while the return to fitness of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, could see Southgate decide to opt for another out-and-out striker over Rashford, to provide cover for Kane.
With so many players now seemingly ahead of Marcus Rashford in England’s attacking areas, ESPN claim that time is running out for him to win back his place in the squad with only two international breaks, in June and September, remaining before Southgate names his squad for the winter tournament in Qatar.