Jermain Defoe praises Marcus Rashford ahead of the international break

The last International Break, Marcus Rashford was the man of the moment at the English national team and things haven’t changed much since as the young English have helped Manchester United quite a lot since the beginning of September. The Reds are currently second in the league due to goal difference, while they have won both of the games they have played in the UEFA Champions League making it a perfect start in all competitions. Marcus Rashford has also faced competition for a place in the Starting XI as Anthony Martial has been in a great form lately, but the manager still has faith in him, however giving minutes each player making both of them happy.

Getting back to the England team, Jermain Defoe spoke related to Marcus, his importance on the team and the impact he has made there. Rashford always works hard in training, impressing his coaches and whoever he has played or worked with. Defoe discovered a detail of what’s happened during training:

“Rashford came up to me [during England training] and spoke to me about finishing. I said to him before the last game [against Slovakia], ‘Are you going to score for me today?’ He said, ‘I’m going to score because we’ve done finishing in training.’ “

When asked about Rashford and his high work rate, here’s what Defoe had to say:

“What’s Rashford like to work with? He’s unbelievable. The sky is the limit for him. Before games he is calm and relaxed – then goes out and produces. It’s only a matter of time before he starts scoring 20, 25 goals a season.”

Since the other strikers are nowhere the two, Jermain Defoe thinks that soon Marcus Rashford will become as good as Harry Kane and this is just a matter of time. What the Englishman says, is that the English youngster needs to reach 20 goals a season to win full confidence, but is still doing well after scoring just a few.

“I think so, once he has that first season when he’s scored 20 goals. You’ve already seen how he’s scored a few goals and looks confident with his finishing now.”

Defoe is currently playing for Bournemouth and had something to say about his new experience there, the changes in the Premier League and the late changes of the competition.

“It is easier for strikers – not scoring goals, but in terms of the physical side.”

There is an overall opinion that Marcus Rashford is overrated due to the fact of being a local player, yet most of the fans who have a footballing brain recognise his talent and his amazing style of play. After the last international break, it is easy to say that he is England’s saviour and the game changes whenever he enters the pitch. There’s a discussion regarding his best position and both Mourinho and Southgate have played him as a winger. While at times he seems to let you down, the player gets involved in the dynamism of the game, moving well in the wing and killing off defences with the pace he possesses.

With the International Break ahead of us, Marcus Rashford being confirmed in the England team, we might see another episode of the ‘Marcus Rashford Show’, who is yet to win everyone’s confidence. However, those who know what he is capable of will know very well what to expect from the teenager.

Written by Fabiola Cejku


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