Manchester United star Marcus Rashford warned over England World Cup spot

Former Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton has warned Manchester United star Marcus Rashford he risks being excluded from the England squad for this year’s World Cup if his form does not improve.

The United academy graduate has not been short of criticism in recent weeks over his uninspiring form, with his display in Monday night’s FA Cup third round victory over Aston Villa raising questions.

Rashford was ineffective despite being the preferred left winger and once again lost the score.

After the game, United interim manager Ralf Rangnick was unable to provide a definitive answer on what is currently disrupting the striker, insisting he couldn’t put his finger on them. reasons Rashford is currently struggling.

As Rashford is currently going through a period of extreme difficulty, Sutton has warned the England star that he will lose his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup if he cannot get back on track quickly.

Sutton told the Mail: “Can a footballer really fall in love with football? It’s a cliché that comes up when a player is in pitiful shape and his body language makes him seem indifferent.

“Marcus Rashford fits that description right now, but I don’t think he’s fallen in love with football – I think he’s fallen in love with the way he plays.

“I was there myself. You are not losing your love of the game but of your game.

“Naturally, that leaves you frustrated. You are on the brink and may momentarily lose your mojo.

“Rashford is now 24. He’s been on a rapid rise and is cleared through a crisis.

“He’s not alone either – a few of his Manchester United team-mates have watched him as well, like Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho.

“But Rashford will lose his place in the England squad ahead of this winter’s World Cup if he doesn’t manage to get out of that downward spiral. The last time he started a competitive game for Gareth Southgate , that was in 2020.

“The England boss is a loyal coach but if Rashford continues to play so poorly he will do well to even be on the bench in Qatar.”

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