Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford withdraws from England national squad due to injury
Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has withdrawn from the England national squad for the upcoming fixtures due to an injury, according to Manchester Evening News.
The Three Lions are set to face Italy and Ukraine in the Euro 2024 qualifiers. Unfortunately, the 25-year-old will not be able to feature after picking up a knock in the Red Devils’ previous game against Fulham in the FA Cup.
The quarter-finals saw the Cottagers take the early lead in the second half. However, after Willian and Aleksandar Mitrovic were sent off, the Old Trafford side were able to mount a comeback and won 3-1.
Rashford had received a knock earlier in the fixture. Subsequently, the England international was taken off and replaced by Fred in the 83rd minute of the tie.
The 25-year-old made a comeback to the national setup for the 2022 World Cup after a few months out. In Qatar, the forward put in some impressive and eye-catching displays.
Since returning from the Middle East, Rashford has been in imperial form for United. In the current campaign, the England international has 27 goals and nine assists in 44 appearances in all competitions.
However, the 25-year-old has shouldered the burden of the Red Devils’ attack this season. None of our other forwards has contributed considerably in the final third.
Hopefully, Rashford’s fitness issue is a minor one. Alejandro Garnacho is also unavailable on the left wing at the moment. Thankfully, the international break will give the 25-year-old some time to recuperate. But it remains to be seen how long the forward will be out for.
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As for Gareth Southgate, he has an abundance of attacking talent in the national squad. The Three Lions can count on the likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Bukayo Sakak out wide.