Marcus Rashford says England will head to next summer’s European Championships with ambitions of winning the competition, admitting Gareth Southgate’s attacking options are ‘frightening’ ahead of the tournament.
England secured qualification with back-to-back wins during the international break, thrashing Montenegro 7-0 at Wembley in what was the country’s 1000th international before finishing off the qualification group with a 4-0 win in Kosovo.
Rashford admits the side have been pleased with their recent displays, and is hopeful that the Three Lions can continue to improve as they look to make an impression on next summer’s championships.
“I think all of these games are just gearing you up for the summer and if we go into the summer anywhere near the sort of form we have been in recently then it will be a successful tournament,” Rashford told Sky Sports.
“We have got a couple more games leading up to the summer and take them to improve as a team and just sharpen up now for the tournament. We want to go and give it our best shot at winning.”
England scored 37 goals in just eight qualification fixtures as they made light work of a group containing the likes of Czech Republic, Kosovo and Bulgaria, with only an Italy side who played two additional fixtures able to match that total across Europe so far.
Rashford scored in both fixtures during the recent international break to continue his fine recent form, and the Manchester United forward looks to have established himself as a first-choice in a potent looking forward line alongside Raheem Sterling and captain Harry Kane.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi are also both pushing for regular involvement, and Rashford admits the wealth of attacking options at Southgate’s disposal makes England a formidable proposition.
“I think it is obviously a good combination but we have played games without that particular front three and it is frightening what we can do as a group of attackers,” he added.
“You have to use it to your advantage and maybe it isn’t working in one game for that three and someone has to come in and make the difference – we have to use that to our advantage, 100 per cent.”