Marcus Rashford told he ‘wasn’t that great’ vs Wales and should start on bench
Marcus Rashford has been told he "wasn't that great" in England's 3-0 win over Wales with Gareth Southgate advised to drop him to the bench.
Rashford has put himself in contention for a spot in Southgate's first XI after netting twice on his return to the Three Lions side in their final World Cup group game. He's competing with Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden to start in the last 16 clash with Senegal on Sunday (December 4).
But former Chelsea and Tottenham defender Jason Cundy believes his two-goal performance wasn't good enough to push him ahead of the others. He told Grosvenor Sport: "Up front against Senegal I’d start Saka, Foden and Harry Kane. I wouldn’t start Rashford.
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"Who would you start him ahead of? You can’t not play Saka for how well he’s done going into the tournament for Arsenal. There’s been a lot of talk about Rashford this week but I didn’t think he was great against Wales.
"You could have pulled him off at half-time. Yes he scored two goals but I wanted to see a performance from him as well as goals and that wasn’t the case.
"First half I felt for him, every time he got the ball his first touch went backwards to keep possession. When he played a pass it was either misplaced or overhit.
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"He was having a bad time. First half I thought he was poor, really poor. Take his goals away and just looking at his performance against Wales, he was poor. There were question marks."
Cundy feels Rashford can make more of an impact as a second-half substitute, as he showed in the opening group game by scoring from off the bench against Iran in a 6-2 victory.
He continued: "But he was effective when scoring a goal coming off the bench in the first game against Iran so he’s capable of doing the same against Senegal.
"Because there’s five substitutes now, the game has changed so much that you see teams change the game from the bench. Even though the Iran game was pretty much over, Rashford had that impact off the bench."
England will progress to the quarter-finals with a victory over Senegal, with kick-off at the Al Bayt Stadium 7pm GMT. Viewers in the UK can watch the match on ITV 1.
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