Rashford needs U21 games before he returns to England senior side – Allardyce

first_imgEngland manager Sam Allardyce believes Marcus Rashford needs more experience with England’s Under-21s and more regular game-time with Manchester United before he is considered for the senior Three Lions side again.The 18-year-old, who came off the bench to score the winner against Hull on Saturday for his first Premier League goal of the season, was included in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad this summer and made two substitute appearances.But, having moved straight from the Under-20s to the full senior side following his amazing Premier League breakthrough last term, Allardyce has decided to move him down to the Young Lions squad this season.United boss Jose Mourinho has already praised the move, saying it gives the youngster a greater chance of playing more minutes and having a greater impact in games.And Allardyce insists it’s the best step for Rashford’s progression at the top level.“I think that having international experience in the Under-21s will be invaluable for us later down the line,” Allardyce said. “And, if he’s breaking into Manchester United’s team, he will be in my squad, whenever that’s announced.“But because of his inclusion only as a substitute – as good as it was against Hull City – I think that the value of having probably a full game with Gareth [Southgate, Under-21 manager] will be invaluable to him and, later on, for us. A bit like Harry Kane and people like that in the past.“He made a massive impact last season, yes, but he’s only a young man, let’s not heap too much pressure on him just yet.“Let him go and have a feel playing for the Under-21s; hopefully he’s a star for them, scores goals for them and gives me that decision next time around on the next squad I pick.” Marcus Rashford 1last_img

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