Cape Town - Manchester United are sweating over the fitness of striker
Marcus Rashford after he pulled out of Gareth Southgate's latest England squad
The 21-year-old, who has scored six goals in 31 appearances
for England, was forced to train alone on Thursday before his ankle was
And, Southgate told his Thursday evening press conference
that the injury was severe enough to rule Rashford out of the nation's opening
Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic at Wembley on Friday and Monday's
trip to Montenegro.
Rashford initially suffered the problem in United's goalless
draw against Liverpool last month, but he has managed to play the following
But Southgate is adamant that he is not at the required
level to be considered for the upcoming two games.
He said: "He's been with our medical team all week and
tried to take part in training.
"It's clear he's not going to be ready for our matches,
so we'll send him back to the club and he's out of our two games.
"We knew a couple of days ago Marcus wouldn't be ready
for but it's great opportunity for a few others. We've lost a lot of players
but it's an opportunity for others."
United boss Ole Gunner Solskjaer must now wait to see if
Rashford can recover in time for the Premier League visit of Watford on March
30 as the side continues the fight to qualify for the Champions League via a
Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic
are the other players also racing to be fit for the Hornets game having
withdrawn from international duty with respective injury problems.