England’s Marcus Rashford shows there’s still room for improvement

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England picked up their third straight win in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign on Saturday evening.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane led the line wearing the captain’s armband, and he put in an exceptional performance, netting a hat-trick as well as providing the assist for Raheem Sterling’s goal.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate named a pretty experienced line-up that saw the likes of James Maddison, Jadon Sancho, and Mason Mount all on the bench, though the latter two did feature in the second half.

Marcus Rashford was deployed in a wing role and found himself involved in two of England’s four goals, but the statistics show the Manchester United ace’s performance still left room for improvement going forward – especially if he’s to continue playing out wide.

The 21-year-old played the full 90 minutes on the left side of midfield and had a key part to play, including winning one of the two spot-kicks which Kane dispatched ever so coolly and applying the pass before Kane’s low-cross assist for Sterling’s strike.

But at other times in the match, Rashford lacked in terms of both being a goal threat and being a provider.

He managed zero key passes and zero accurate crosses whilst just 40% of his dribbles were a success, per WhoScored. That isn’t fantastic for a winger, considering he should be one of the pivotal attacking outlets in England’s game – whether that be whipping in crosses for Spurs’ star man or cutting in and becoming a danger in his own right.

Rashford also managed just one shot on target which was 20% of his total efforts at goal, and he was also dispossessed twice – the joint-most of any player in the entire match.

He’ll have to do better on Tuesday night against Kosovo if selected out wide once again, and a goal would certainly help his claims ahead of next summer’s competition.

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