Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has pulled out of the upcoming England squad.
BBC Sport report he is one of three withdrawals along with Mason Mount and Nick Pope.
Why Marcus Rashford has pulled out of the England squad
The official reason cited by Manchester United’s club website is injury. The injury is not considered serious.
The statement details Rashford suffered a ‘knock’ in the build-up to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s opener for Fulham in Sunday’s 3-1 victory for United.
Rashford continued up the 83rd minute before being substituted for Fred.
Believe it or not, this is good news for Manchester United
Whether you believe Rashford is actually injured or not, this is good news for Manchester United.
Rashford is in real need of a rest. He has played 49 games for club and country now this season.
A recent report explained how he could reach 72 matches this season if he continued to be selected for every match.
Something had to give, and fortunately it was England.
Rashford has lost a little spark in recent weeks despite his winning goal against Real Betis five days ago.
He has scored a staggering 27 goals this season for Manchester United, a personal bet, however, only two have come in the last six games.
Manchester United have nine fixtures across three competitions in the month of April, and with limited attacking options, keeping Rashford fresh is important.
This withdrawal is also a little dig towards England boss Gareth Southgate, who selected Rashford for only five minutes of the Three Lions World Cup quarter-final defeat to France, despite the player being the country’s top goalscorer at the tournament.