Marcus Rashford: Manchester United striker happy to put England glory ahead of personal pride

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Marcus Rashford: Manchester United striker happy to put England glory ahead of personal pride


Marcus Rashford is ready to put aside his personal pride in England’s pursuit of Euro 2020 glory after being excluded from the starting line-up against Croatia last weekend.

Although the Manchester United player came on halfway through the second half of the 1-0 win at Wembley, he has no qualms about biding his time to make his mark.

Gareth Southgate’s side face Scotland on Friday night with the opportunity to seal the knockout stage qualification, with Rashford in a philosophical mood over his situation ahead.

“Of course every player wants to play, but only 11 can start and when you have a talented team of 26 there will be a lot going missing,” Rashford said.

“But whether you’re on the bench or at the start, it’s clear that you need everyone to cover long distances in a tournament.

“It’s about being prepared and working hard in training and in games when you get the chance. You have to move on and I’m just happy the team got three points.

“You have to be professional about it. As a player, it’s natural to be upset because you want to play every game.

“But you can’t just put your head down and start sulking because it doesn’t have a good effect on the team. “



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Marcus Rashford took to the defense of teammate Harry Kane after the England captain made a low-key display in the Euro 2020 opener against Croatia

“Kane remains one of the best in the world”

Another player who arguably had to swallow some pride against Croatia was captain Harry Kane, who was substituted in the 82nd minute after a low-key performance.

This raised concerns about the Tottenham striker’s overall fitness with Air sports expert Jamie Carragher suggesting that the player “looked exhausted” in his Telegraph column.

But Rashford jumped on Kane’s defense, saying: “For a long time he was one of the best players in the world and nothing he does now is going to change my mind about it.

“Everyone knows his ability to score goals, but it’s also his full game – the way he holds the ball through tough times, wins fouls for the team and does a good job defensively.

“Last season he was amazing – something like 23 Premier League goals and 14 assists so he has a huge influence on games and besides the work he does off the ball it’s something thing you must appreciate. “

Rashford hails Scottish knee gesture

The match will also see the Scottish players kneel in solidarity with their English counterparts when they meet at Wembley.

The Scots had previously confirmed they would continue to oppose racism, but decided to make an exception for the game in solidarity with their opponents.

It’s a move Rashford hailed in the ongoing struggle to highlight racism and social injustice around the world.

Rashford said: “It’s an important message and if you want to spread important messages, then there is no better place to spread it than on the bigger stage.

“That’s why we keep taking the knee so for them [Scotland] taking the knee too is definitely a good thing.

“I hope this will help spread the right message and have a great influence on people all over the world. “

Neville: Maguire must play before knockouts

Gary Neville insists England defender Harry Maguire must play ahead of the Euro 2020 knockout stage to have any chance of making it into the tournament.

the Air sports An expert and former England defender has said Maguire, who has been out with an ankle injury since early May, needs substantial minutes before the group stages are over and cannot be thrown in a knockout game.

Neville also believes Southgate will remain with two central midfielders in defensive mind for the remainder of the tournament after Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice impressed in the 1-0 win over Croatia, and says the West Ham player is almost as unbeatable as Harry Kane.

“I think Tyrone Mings did really well – it was an important game for him. Looking at John Stones and Mings as a pre-tournament partnership, you would have concerns about the top teams.

“I know people fired Croatia after the game, but few fired them before the game, so I would still say it’s a very good win for England against a good team.

“I think the reason Kieran Trippier played left-back was his experience and skill, which meant Mings had experience on either side of him.

“If Harry Maguire can get back to a level, he’ll come back.” But if he comes back, I think if it’s not against Scotland, it must be against the Czech Republic. You couldn’t make Harry Maguire’s first game back a knockout game.

“Maguire has to surface in the next two games or else I’m afraid you won’t see him in the tournament, and it would be Stones and Mings to continue. “

“Adam was attacking a wall! The boys of 96: England play on the save of Seaman, the goal of Gazza and this celebration against Scotland

Marc McAdam put the boys back together. The reporter reunited with England’s Euro 96 stars – and, ahead of England v Scotland at Euro 2020, they tell us the inside story of the famous clash between the two teams at Wembley 25 years ago .

Gary Neville, Jamie Redknapp, Gareth Southgate, Teddy Sheringham, Paul Ince and Stuart Pearce unveil what it was like in the English dressing room ahead of this dramatic game, the main turning points of the competition and how the victory ultimately propelled England to the semi-finals.

For more behind-the-scenes stories of England’s adventures at Euro 96, you can watch Boys of 96 on Sky Sports News and the Sky Sports YouTube Channel.

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