With Raheem Sterling watching in the stands, Marcus Rashford continued his superb run of form and is now becoming undroppable for both club and country.
It was only in the last international break that we wrote that Rashford could risk being left behind with the conveyor belt of English talent continuing to emerge if his club form didn’t significantly pick up.
However, his goal for England against Bulgaria last month has proved to be the catalyst to take his game to a new level, the confidence has returned, he is playing injury free and there is a swagger to his game.
His goal against Montenegro in the 7-0 win, which was England’s 1,000th game was clinical, but it is a compliment to where Rashford’s current performances are at that it was never in doubt. It would have been disappointing if he hadn’t scored against the minnow nation.
His team mate Harry Maguire was denied a goal after his header was thwarted by Mijatovic, but the ball came back out to Rashford who fired the ball into the bottom corner in the 30th minute.
Statement of intent
Rashford’s positivity was evident the first time he received the ball, he stretched his legs and forced the opposing full-back into a lunging tackle in the opening minute.
With United’s number 10 feeling on top of his game and coming into the match off the back of the infamous weekend flip-flap, which turned Davy Propper inside out, Rashford put on a full array of his skills once more.
He tried to back-heel the ball into the net from close range, but it was clear that Montenegro knew that they were in for a long night and Marko Vesovic went straight through the back of United’s talisman in act of frustration.
Luckily for United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Rashford escaped injury but gave Vesovic a dressing down, which resulted in the pair getting booked as they went head-to-head.
After switching positions with Jadon Sancho, Rashford nearly scored his second of the night after playing a give-and-go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, but his shot deflected just wide.
Rashford was at his instrumental best for England’s 6th goal and showed his devastating pace and direct dribbling after playing a one-two with Tammy Abraham.
England’s number 11 drove into the box and forced save out of Mijatovic before Sofranac turned the ball into his own net.
Has he made the position his own?
On a night where Rashford and Sancho contributed, Sterling was left to look on just like the Wembley crowd.
With captain Harry Kane a guaranteed starter fitness pending in the European Championships, and then probably Sterling, the final attacking place could be a direct shootout between Rashford and Sancho.
Rashford has now been directly involved in 7 goals (6 goals and 1 assist) in his last six appearances in all competitions.
He finished the match with a 92% pass accuracy, completed 3 successful take-ons, which was the most for his side and hit the target with 3 out of his 4 efforts on goal.
His goal for England took his international tally to nine, matching Ian Wright.
Sancho on the other hand is enduring a difficult spell in Germany, which included getting hauled off after 36 minutes in the derby defeat to Bayern Munich.
The competition for places will be welcomed by Gareth Southgate, but if Marcus Rashford maintains his current form, he will be in command of the starting spot.
The position on the left is more natural to Rashford and if Sterling has any more misdemeanours, he has shown he can be trusted to replace him.
The 22-year-old is currently unplayable for club and country, and he deserves his starting place.
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