Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford should be under no circumstances be selected for the England senior side says Ian Wright.
Teenage striker Rashford has burst onto the scene for United in recent times and as a measure of his stunning impact, the 18-year-old is already being touted to earn a place in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad for the upcoming European Championships.
However, former England and Arsenal star Wright does not think Rashford is ready to become a full international for the Three Lions as of yet and has urged Hodgson not to select the teenager in his squad for the tournament in France.
Wright said: “If Marcus Rashford heads to France with England it should be for one thing only — and it certainly is not the Euros.
“It should be with the Under-21s for the Toulon tournament in May and he might not even be available for that if Manchester United reach the FA Cup final.
“Yes, the 18-year-old Manchester United striker has done fantastically well since getting his chance because of their injury list.”
“But to hear his name being mentioned as a possible bolter for Roy Hodgson’s squad this summer? I’m sorry, I’m not having that.”
“Did we learn nothing from what happened when Sven-Goran Eriksson took Theo Walcott to the World Cup ten years ago?”
“I’m sure even Theo would admit the best course for him would have been through the various levels with England, before he was even considered for the seniors.”
“Well, as impressive as Rashford’s start has been at United, that is the route he should be taking. The kid certainly looks a heck of a player in the making.”
“His movement, his mentality, his finishing . . . all of it from the top drawer and he will have a great future. But that’s the key point — the future.”
“As far as the here and now is concerned, barring an almighty injury list, the Euro finals are way, way too soon.”