The England boss believes 21-year-old Rashford feels is more a natural winger than a center-forward but he doesn’t want to rush his development.
England national team boss Gareth Southgate expressed his belief that Marcus Rashford plays better as a natural winger than a center-forward.
“For a long time we have almost wanted Marcus to be that option as a no .9, but I’m still not certain that is where he is happiest and where he does his best work,” he told Goal.
“Marcus is still relatively young. Over the last 12 to 18 months with us, he’s had a big impact on our games with a number of goals and assists. So, I think he’s still a work in progress.”
“A lot of his development at United was as a ‘wide raider’ and I think he isn’t as strong as Harry Kane with his back to goal holding play up,” he added.
“If he plays as a no. 9, he will play it differently to Harry, but a lot of his best work is on the left coming in off the line.”
“I don’t think that’s a problem; we have to be aware that’s probably his profile to get the best out of him, they’re the areas that he needs to get in,” Southgate concluded.
— England (@England) September 9, 2019