Marcus Rashford has spoken about the fitness issues which have dogged his season.
Rashford played through the pain to be a virtual ever-present for Manchester United in 2020/21, scoring 21 goals in all competitions, 11 of which came in the league.
England have more options, meaning Rashford has been a substitute in all three matches so far.
Speaking to the Telegraph, he admitted he’s not at his very best because of the injury problems but said he’s ready if called upon as the competition wears on.
“I am not performing at my best and what I know I can perform to. Whatever that is down to, it doesn’t really matter because it has been going on since early in the season,” he said.
“I managed to get through the season with United. I had 36 goal involvements, so I can’t look back at the year and say, ‘I should have taken time off to do this and do that’. I just want to be available for every game.”
“I don’t think that’s a secret,” he said of whether injury is hampering him. “It’s quite well known and to get to this stage I am now, it was a massive aim at the beginning of the season. I’m prepared mentally and physically.”
“It is impossible for 11 players to play 90 minutes for seven games in such a short space of time. Everybody has to be ready. Somebody else has to be ready for the next game.”
Will Rashford have an operation?
Elsewhere, ESPN quoted Rashford saying he’s not quite sure whether he’ll need surgery on his shoulder.
It seems to depend on whether he can get the procedure done and not miss too much of next season.
England’s progress will have an impact on that, too. They could be out on Tuesday evening, or be involved until the final on July 11.
We’d all love to see Rashford starting every game, making his mark on a major tournament but that wouldn’t be sensible management from Gareth Southgate.
England don’t need to play him every single game, through the pain in the same way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels he needs to, so it makes sense to use him as an impact sub.
But his pace and directness could be vital against a German side who struggled to contain Kylian Mbappe in their opening game, even if he doesn’t start the game.
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