Marcus Rashford has developed further as a player than Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane had when they were the same age, according to England manager Gareth Southgate.
Rashford scored in both of England’s matches in September, and the 20-year-old was compared favourably to 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner Kane and five-time Ballon d’Or holder Ronaldo by his international boss.
When asked is he felt Rashford was a “special talent” after Tuesday’s win over Switzerland, southgate replied: “Yes he is. I think Harry at that age had hardly played anywhere near the matches for Spurs.
“Some of the stepovers and things Ronaldo was doing at that age, he wasn’t converting them into the number of goals, so we have got to give him time to develop.
“He has still played a lot of football, although maybe not the continuous starts and I’m really pleased for him that he leaves here full of confidence.”
Rashford’s first goals this season came in the recent internationals — a 2-1 UEFA Nations League loss to Spain and the 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland — and he has only scored once in his last 13 Premier League appearances for United.
The Manchester-born striker has been in and out of the United starting XI ever since Jose Mourinho became manager in 2016, but Southgate insists the Portuguese coach is a “huge admirer.”
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