Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been forced to withdraw from the England squad with a shoulder injury sustained in the 3-1 win at Everton last Saturday. The decision was confirmed this morning by the Three Lions, who will also be without Conor Coady for matches against Belgium and Iceland after he come into contact with somebody who has tested positive for COVID-19
The Red Devils confirmed on Wednesday that Rashford would in fact be joining up with the England squad, despite initial fears he would have to pull out.
His arrival at St George’s Park was delayed as Rashford faced further assessment on the shoulder problem picked up at Goodison Park.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed after the triumph on Merseyside that his No 10 had picked up the issue in the closing stages of the contest.
However, he was given the all-clear to travel down to Burton Upon Trent ahead of last night’s friendly with the Republic of Ireland at Wembley.
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England have now confirmed that both Rashford and Coady are out of their two upcoming Nations League fixtures.
Rashford responded to the Three Lions’ tweet with a message for his team-mates: “I’ll be back, Good luck boys.”
Earlier this week, former Manchester United and England defender Wes Brown was optimistic Rashford would be ready in time to play but did concede it was best for him to stay at home.
“He will want to play,” Brown told United Daily before Rashford’s withdrawal. “He’s a leading figure in the team now.
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“But when you do pick up little injuries like this with the games we’re having at this time, he has to get it right. England will want him to play and Gareth Southgate will want him to play.
“I’m sure if he joined up, he’s [been] there with the physios four or five days before the game and I’m sure they’ll get him ready to play even though he’s still feeling it a bit.
“It’s probably best if he doesn’t go and gets it all sorted out and that rest, I’m sure, will help Manchester United.”
United boss Solskjaer took aim at the authorities after the win at Everton, claiming his players were set up to fail due to the lack of rest time.
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“We were set up to fail. The kick-off time set us up to fail. We have been to Turkey, played loads of games this season already, we got back Thursday morning and we are playing Saturday lunchtime, it’s an absolute shambles,” he said.
“These boys deserve better. Luke Shaw has got injured because of it. It’s a hamstring which might be a long one and Marcus Rashford might be struggling.
“The authorities set us up to fail, who is responsible? We’ve had enough of that. Players this season, in these times, a pandemic, mentally and physically it’s draining. Let us play on a Sunday, there’s an international break after this, it’s a joke.”
Rashford will now be working hard to prove his fitness when United return to action on November 21 at home to West Bromwich Albion.
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