Gary Neville believes Marcus Rashford should start for England against Senegal in the World Cup last 16 after his performance against Wales..
The Manchester United forward scored twice in his first appearance of the tournament, propelling the Three Lions to a 3-0 win over their neighbors in their final Group B match.
Gareth Southgate brought Rashford in alongside Phil Foden to replace Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling up front, and his excellent performance has given his manager even more selection headaches.
But Neville believes there should be no doubt about his place, and he believes he will be among the first names on the teamsheet..
“He’s been like that at Manchester United for a good six months now,” he told Sky Sports. “He’s back on track..
He’s been like that at Manchester United for about six months now,” he told Sky Sports. “He’s back on track.
“He’s a huge talent who can and will continue to improve.” It’s fantastic to see him in an England jersey.
“I believe he has actually pushed himself into a position where he will start on Sunday.” He’s the only one who can guarantee a starting spot in that wide position, with [Harry] Kane in the middle.”
Neville also praised Foden, who scored the other goal against Wales in his first start at Qatar 2022, but added that he was unsure whether he would be selected..
“I thought he did really well because he was under pressure,” he added. “Everyone was completely focused on him.
“I would keep those two, but I also like Sterling and Saka, so I couldn’t really complain if any of them were in.”
“It’s difficult to see because Sterling has been a fantastic performer for Gareth.” Rashford and Foden stood out as the two most dangerous players against Wales, in my opinion.”