Jose Mourinho admits it will make “no sense” for Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford to play for England Under-21s at next summer’s European Championship if by that stage he is a “regular” for the senior national side.
Reports have suggested the Football Association will demand Rashford is made available for the finals in Poland, irrespective of his development with the seniors.
Asked his club’s position was on the matter, Mourinho said of the 18-year-old, who has made five senior England appearances – four as a substitute – and one for the Under-21s: “If the player becomes a regular in the ‘A’ national team and established, then to say ‘it is important for his development, the Under-21s’ makes no sense.
“It’s the same that he’s a regular here with us, and then we are going to play him in the Under-23 Championship because we want to beat somebody and he can give us a help in that.
“Let’s see what happens. If he becomes a regular choice for (England interim boss) Gareth Southgate in the first team, then we have to speak because we don’t want to go into contradictions.”