England national head coach Gareth Southgate says Marcus Rashford has the ability to become one of the bests
The Manchester United striker has been hailed by the national team manager as he prepares to face Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday, GOAL reports.
The 20-year-old youngster has already established himself as a crucial squad member for both club and country, thanks to the constant stunning performances he has shown.
Even though Rashford has only managed to score twice for England so far, Southgate praised the talented youngster after their 2-1 win over Slovakia in the World Cup qualifier game.
The head coach admitted, at the age of 20 Rashford has the talent and the mentality to become one of the bests.
“He’s a very exciting player, but very grounded, wants to improve all the time,” the England boss told the press before their home friendly against Brazil.
“For me he’s going to be a top player. He has all the attributes of the top players I’ve worked with, but he’s still only 20.”
The coach said the fact that Jose Mourinho picks the young striker for big games proves his point.
“Jose [Mourinho] wouldn’t mess around, but he picks him in all the big games and is on the field in nearly every game. Roy [Hodgson] saw the same things.”
“We wanted to look after him last summer as we see him as a big part of our future. He’ll score goals definitely. His technique and his finishing ability are tremendous,” Southgate added.
“Quite often we look across at each other in training and raise our eyebrows at some of the things he does. He’s a very exciting player.”
Rashford featured in his 14th game when he came off the bench in England’s 0-0 friendly draw against Germany last Friday, playing the final 30 minutes at Wembley.