Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Gareth Southgate looking to Dominic Solanke to solve England striker shortage

Gareth Southgate looking to Dominic Solanke to solve England striker shortage

At just 18 years and 141 days, he became the youngest scorer for United in European competition and landmarks and records tumbled after that: scoring on his debut in the Premier League, the Champions League and League Cup, and in his first appearances for the England Under-21s and the England senior team - the youngest player to achieve that.

"I can expect that Sunday I'm going to be highly criticised for not playing him on Saturday because some of the boys are really obsessed with me and some of them I think a problem with some compulsive lies", he said.

"Marcus Rashford is not (Liverpool forward) Dominic Solanke, he's not (Chelsea midfielder) Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he's not (Everton striker) Dominic Calvert-Lewin".

Jose thinks the world of Marcus.

That led to questions over whether Mourinho was making the most of Rashford's abilities as he has struggled to hold down a regular place in the United side where he faces stiff competition from Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial.

Chelsea's Loftus-Cheek, 22, has managed 2,341 minutes, and that includes his spell on loan at Crystal Palace.

A move to another club could provide more playing time but sticking at United will help him win silverware.

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Southgate, the England manager, has publicly backed Solanke, saying that he has "faith" in a player who has been "outstanding at every age level" and is frustrated that he is not now an option due to his lack of minutes.

Rashford was back at Manchester United on Wednesday, likely resuming life on the margins of English soccer's biggest team.

Benitez, if you remember, chose a press conference before a Premier League game away to Stoke listed off all of the things Alex Ferguson and Man United had been getting away with.

"Since I was here, he was never one day out of selection because of my decision, only if he was injured or suspended. Only if injured or suspended, he was never ever out of a selection".

"Yes he is (a special talent)", Southgate said of Rashford after seeing him score the only goal in Tuesday's friendly win over Switzerland.

"He is only 20 years old and he probably needs a little more time, but I think this season is a big season for him". "Contrary to some news, to some opinions by the protocol point of view and according to our doctor, he will be free to play".

The Premier League legends claimed his development under Mourinho will be stifled due to the lack of game time afforded to him in his favoured central striking role.

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