England U21 boss Southgate implores patience with starlet Rashford

Gareth Southgate believes the England national team setup needs to avoid throwing Marcus Rashford into the deep end.

The 18-year-old has made a splash with Manchester United since making his debut last month and there are murmurings that he could be included in the Three Lions first team before too long.

However, England U21s coach Southgate has urged Roy Hodgson to refrain from placing too much pressure on the teenager who was selected by Keith Downing for the U20 side’s friendly with Canada at Doncaster on Sunday.

“The top talents in the world get into first teams young and establish themselves,” said Southgate ahead of England’s U21 European Championship qualifier in Switzerland on Saturday,” 

“We are very conscious that when you promote a young player too quickly there can be fallout from that and at times the right thing is to move them back down and that is always more difficult.

“Life is very different for someone like Marcus, who has just scored the winner in a Manchester derby.

“At club level, at some point he might find himself in their U21 side and that is a difficult process for a young person to deal with, so we don’t want to add to that internationally.

“Let’s assess his progress. There is no rush.

“Roy [Hodgson] has a very settled squad and is very strong in that area of the pitch.

“Everyone I speak to at United says he’s very level-headed, so they don’t have concerns about his mentality, but of course his world has changed dramatically in the last few weeks.”

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