Mourinho wary of Rashford going to Under-21 Euros with England

Date published: Wednesday 19th October 2016 4:24

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Jose Mourinho suggests Marcus Rashford should not go to next summer’s European Under-21 Championship if he is a regular with the senior side.

Reports have suggested the Football Association will demand that Rashford, 18, is made available for the finals in Poland, irrespective of his development with the seniors.

The Manchester United youngster has five senior caps, which have seen him score in a starting debut in May, then get four run-outs as a substitute.

He made his sole England Under-21s appearance in September, netting a hat-trick, before returning to the senior set-up for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia earlier this month.

Asked what his club’s position was on the matter, United boss Mourinho said on Wednesday: “We are in mid-October, and the Championship will be in the summer.

“I think we have to wait and see what happens until then. Because if the player becomes a regular in the ‘A’ national team, if you want to call it that, 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’s an Under-21s player in the national team, then he is an Under-21s player and there is no discussion about that.

“But 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.”

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