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Kilbane claims Rashford ‘is as good technically’ as any player at World Cup

Kevin Kilbane has urged England manager Gareth Southgate to start Marcus Rashford in the Three lions next World Cup fixture against Panama on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Manchester United attacker came off the bench with 20 minutes to go during England’s 2-1 victory against Tunisia last Monday, and impressed with pace and energy.

Former Republic of Ireland international, who is working as a World Cup pundit for the BBC, believes Rashford is right up there technically with the best players in the World and reckons Southgate should sacrifice either Jesse Lingard or Raheem Sterling to get him into his starting XI.

“Personally I think England should always find a way to get Rashford into the side,” Kilbane said.

“I think technically he’s as good as anyone within the side, within the tournament even.

“I would probably try and get away with maybe getting three attackers in with him, instead of maybe Jesse Lingard.

“I’d play him ahead of Raheem Sterling as well, I would, I know Sterling’s off the back of a good season.

“But personally I think Marcus Rashford is better than the two of them, I do.”

England go into Sunday’s encounter against Panama, knowing that a win will all but guarantee their place in the knock out stages.

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