Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford was forced to sit out of England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic last Friday and will also miss the game against Montenegro on Monday night with an ankle injury.
Rashford has been battling with the injury since last month’s game against Liverpool that saw three Manchester United players get injured in just the first-half of that game.
The Three Lions did well in Rashford’s absence, as they defeated Czech Republic 5-0, with Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick, and England legend Alan Shearer has revealed that Rashford might have to fight for his shirt on his return from injury, due to the array of players available for Gareth Southgate in the wide position.
“We’ve moved forwards already and we have so many more options than we did when we got to the semi-final in Russia last year,” Shearer told The Sun.
“That’s great for a manager because the players already know they must perform. There can be no complacency when there is this much competition for places.
“There are players banging down the door for a start, so when you pull on that England shirt you are under no illusions that you’ve got to step up.
“We didn’t even mention the name of one of the best young strikers around because we were enjoying Friday night’s goal-fest at Wembley so much.
“But Marcus Rashford was back at Manchester United watching his pals run rings around Czech Republic and smashing five goals past them. ‘He will already know he’s got to go again to force his way into the team.”
Speaking about Rashford’s situation, Southgate said: “He’s (Rashford) been with the medical team all week. It’s clear to us he’s not ready for our matches, so we have sent him back to his club. He is out of the two games.”