Marcus Rashford hints he would have chosen surgery over Euro 2020 if he knew he wasn’t going to play a big part

Marcus Rashford hints he would have chosen to miss Euro 2020 for shoulder surgery ‘if I had known I wouldn’t play a significant role’ as Manchester United star ‘selfishly’ berates for postponing surgery

  • Marcus Rashford hinted he might have opted for surgery over Euro 2020 had he known he ‘wouldn’t play a significant role’
  • The Manchester United attacker will undergo shoulder surgery next week
  • The operation could keep him out of the team for United’s first 11 games
  • Rashford found himself on the periphery of Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 England team

Marcus Rashford has hinted that he may have chosen to have his shoulder operated on rather than going to Euro 2020 with England had he known he would ‘play no significant role’.

In a lengthy social media post, the Manchester United attacker reacted to those calling him ‘selfish’ for choosing to join Gareth Southgate’s squad and postponing his surgery, meaning he is injured before the start of the new Premier League season.

Rashford is optimistic he will play again before the end of October but could miss the first 11 games of the season in the Premier League and Champions League and England in the next five World Cup qualifiers.

Marcus Rashford has hinted he might have had surgery during Euro 2020 if he'd known he'd be playing such a small part

Marcus Rashford has hinted he might have had surgery during Euro 2020 if he’d known he’d be playing such a small part

The Manchester United attacker, 23, saw little action for Gareth Southgate (left) at Euro 2020

The Manchester United attacker, 23, saw little action for Gareth Southgate (left) at Euro 2020

The Manchester United attacker, 23, saw little action for Gareth Southgate (left) at Euro 2020

The decision to undergo surgery was taken this week after talks between Rashford and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the player was expected to report for pre-season preparation on Sunday.

Rashford admitted he had considered going to the European Championship but insisted that “no one would ever turn down the opportunity to represent England ‘at such a big tournament’.

But in a telling statement, the 23-year-old wrote: ‘In retrospect, if I had known (sic) that I wouldn’t have played a significant role at the Euros, would I have gone? Looking back is a wonderful thing, isn’t it…’

“I didn’t want to disappoint anyone, but looking at some of my performances at the end of last season made me feel like I was.”

Rashford agreed with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to have surgery next week

Rashford agreed with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to have surgery next week

Solskjaer could lose Rashford for United's first 11 games of the season

Solskjaer could lose Rashford for United's first 11 games of the season

Rashford (left) agreed with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) to have surgery next week

Rashford managed just 84 minutes of football throughout Euro 2020, scoring no goal and being one of three England players to miss a penalty in the final against Italy.

The United forward came under fire in the second half of last season for his club form, scoring just four goals in his last 22 league appearances.

As part of his position, he explained his love and loyalty to United, who, in his own words, have always tried to help ‘sometimes even to my disadvantage’.

Rashford was one of three England players to miss a penalty in the Euro 2020 final against Italy

Rashford was one of three England players to miss a penalty in the Euro 2020 final against Italy

Rashford was one of three England players to miss a penalty in the Euro 2020 final against Italy

Rashford revealed the toll that suffering a double stress fracture to his back in January 2020 – as he spent five months recovering – and how that led to his desire to continue playing through the pain of his recent shoulder injury , which he picked up last November.

“After being away from teammates and staff that had been a part of my life for as long as I could remember, I needed to feel like something again,” he wrote.

When the call up for England came, Rashford said he thought it would be good to join the tournament squad.

Rashford suffered a double stress fracture in his back in January 2020 against Wolves

Rashford suffered a double stress fracture in his back in January 2020 against Wolves

Rashford suffered a double stress fracture in his back in January 2020 against Wolves

“I had been fit all season and with my injuries being treated, what were a few more weeks?” he wrote in his post explaining his decision.

Rashford had a shoulder scan in Liverpool two weeks ago, which showed that the muscle tear is unlikely to get any worse. However, he wanted the problem to be cured once and for all after he needed pain-killing injections to play last season.

He concluded by saying that he “walks away with lessons learned” from his experience.

“We live and learn as they say, but what is never in doubt is my dedication to the club and the national team,” he wrote.

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