Gareth Southgate reckons Marcus Rashford’s ‘special talent’ compares favourably to Harry Kane’s record and that of Cristiano Ronaldo at the same stage of their careers.
The Manchester United striker was one of only two players to start both England internationals this week, with Rashford netting a goal in each game against Spain and Switzerland.
Despite concerns over the 20-year-old’s progress at club level, Southgate says Jose Mourinho “thinks the world” of the attacker.
The England boss believes Rashford deserves patience but the signs suggest he could progress along similar lines to Kane and Ronaldo.
“Yes he is,” Southgate said on Tuesday when asked whether Rashford was a special talent. “I think Harry at that age had hardly played anywhere near the matches for Spurs.
“Some of the stepovers and things Ronaldo was doing at that age, he wasn’t converting them into the number of goals, so we have got to give him time to develop.
“He has still played a lot of football, although maybe not the continuous starts and I’m really pleased for him that he leaves here full of confidence.”