Southgate has given Man Utd star Rashford message ahead of World Cup

Rashford's upturn in form down to his'happiness' says ten Hag

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Marcus Rashford has been ‘given hope’ over his World Cup chances by Gareth Southgate despite not being included in the final England squad before the tournament. The Manchester United forward was not selected for September’s fixtures against Italy and Germany due to injury. 

It was thought likely that Rashford would have earned a recall to the Three Lions squad for the Nations League clashes due to his recent form for the Red Devils. The 24-year-old has scored three goals this season and looks rejuvenated under Erik ten Hag. 

Rashford has not played for England since the Euro 2020 final, having suffered from injuries and a loss of form. Time is running out for the United academy graduate to force his way back into contention for the World Cup. 

However, his excellent form this season has not gone unnoticed and despite missing out on September’s squad, England boss Southgate has reportedly given Rashford hope of being included in the team that travels to Qatar in November. 

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That is according to ESPN, who claim that Rashford’s latest injury has not ended his chances of playing at the World Cup. Rashford picked up a muscular issue after he netted a brace in United’s 3-1 win over Arsenal earlier this month. 

After Southgate announced his latest squad last week, Rashford tweeted: “In regards to @England every player wants to represent there country [sic] and I’m no different! Unfortunately I’m not ready yet as I’ve picked up an untimely injury.”

Nations League matches against Italy and Germany will be the final time for Southgate to run the rule over his players before he picks a squad for the World Cup. Despite his absence, it seems that Rashford is still in the thoughts of the England boss. 

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United head coach Erik ten Hag has also backed the 46-cap international to play in Qatar. The Dutchman believes Rashford’s form proves it is ‘obvious’ that he should be part of England’s squad. 

Asked if Rashford should be included by England for the World Cup, Ten Hag said last week: “That’s quite obvious and quite clear, yes. He played really good seasons and I think in this season he had a great comeback and showed his great potential and quality.”

Rashford has scored three goals in six appearances this season. He is already only one goal away from matching his Premier League tally of four strikes from last season. 

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