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Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford stands by commitment to England amid backlash over New York trip
The football world has been buzzing with news about Manchester United’s star forward, Marcus Rashford, following his recent trip to New York. Some critics have raised eyebrows about the timing of his travels, especially as it coincided with his withdrawal from international duty in March. Despite this backlash, the 25-year-old striker remains “100% committed” to representing England.
Rashford missed two Euro 2024 qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine due to an injury he sustained during a match. However, manager Gareth Southgate defended the player at that time for taking time off and going on a short four-day trip to recuperate.
“I need time to switch off and recover,” Rashford explained regarding his visit overseas. “With injuries, you can’t predict when they’re going to happen. Occasionally you do get impact injuries.”
Rashford is now focused on preparing for England’s upcoming fixtures against Malta and North Macedonia as part of their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.
A Season Full of Ups and Downs for Rashford
Last season was one full of highs and lows for both Manchester United as a team and for Rashford personally. The Red Devils finished third in the Premier League table but won the EFL Cup trophy after beating Southampton in the final.
Rashford himself had an impressive run by scoring thirty goals across all competitions including matches played during last year’s World Cup held between November – December where he also represented his club side.
“The Most Consistent Teams are Going to Win Trophies”
Despite United’s loss in the FA Cup final against rivals Manchester City, Rashford kept his head high. “It’s not nice but at the same time it’s football,” he said about the defeat. “The best team that is consistently playing the best football is going to win most trophies.”
City’s Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Kalvin Phillips, John Stones and Kyle Walker have now joined up with England squad for their upcoming matches.
“Mad” Season Schedule
Rashford also had some honest words regarding a packed season schedule which saw him play 56 times for United over a period of 10 months including international fixtures. He described it as “mad” and expressed concern over player welfare.
“We need to be given more time to recover between certain games and at different stages of the season,” he added.
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