England manager Southgate insists Rashford must play regularly to improve

England manager Gareth Southgate has tipped young forward Marcus Rashford for a big future in the game, but the Three Lions boss also insisted that he needs to play more regular first-team football.

Manchester United attacker Rashford burst onto the scene during the Louis Van Goal era, netting a double on his debut in the Europa League against Midtjylland at the tender age of 18.

However, the 20-year-old has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot since Jose Mourinho took over at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016.

Rashford scored for England during the Three Lions 2-1 defeat to Spain last Saturday, but he also missed a host of excellent chances, with many observers suggesting that his lack of composure in front of goal was due to him not getting enough game time at club level.

“The only way for him to improve is by playing. He knows we have real belief in him,” Southgate told the press ahead of his sides international friendly against Switzerland tomorrow night.

“I think we also have to remember his age and what he’s achieved in a short period of time.

“He’s got a tremendous mentality, he’s got great talent, we think he’s got everything to go on and be a top player and I’m sure he’ll do that.”

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