Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed concerns that Marcus Rashford’s chances of being selected for the England team is being hampered by a lack of action.
The 20-year-old has only seen 34 minutes of action for United over the last month, with his last start coming January’s FA Cup victory over Yeovil Town.
His lack of action have caused some to question whether Rashford will be included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia. However, speaking ahead of tonight’s game against Crystal Palace, Mourinho dismissed those concerns:
“No, I don’t reassure anyone,” Mourinho said.
“The main reassurance for him is that he is always selected.
“There is not one single match when Marcus is not selected to start or to be on the bench. When I see you sometimes put in doubt if he is going to be selected for the World Cup or not be selected.
“You know, if the national coach trusts him, he selects him. It doesn’t matter if he plays or doesn’t play.
“There are many examples of players who don’t play for their clubs at all and they go to the national teams.
“You have the example of (Sergio) Romero, who is the second goalkeeper at Manchester United and the first goalkeeper for such an amazing football country like Argentina.
“In your own country, you have examples of players who play even without scoring a goal in the Premier League.
“So, it’s up to Gareth Southgate. If he trusts him, he selects him. It doesn’t matter if he plays or if he doesn’t play for Manchester United.”