Marcus Rashford says he’s not worried about the threat to his England starting place amid competition

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Marcus Rashford says he’s not worried about the threat to his starting place in England amid competition from Jack Grealish and Phil Foden… as the Manchester United star insists subs will be a big part of the European Championship

Marcus Rashford believes it is impossible for England to conquer Europe with an unchanged starting line-up and has warned it would be madness to think otherwise.

Gareth Southgate has a lot to think about ahead of Sunday’s opening game against Croatia, not least who will start the attack alongside Harry Kane. For months it seemed that Rashford and Raheem Sterling were sureties for those roles, but that’s no longer the case.

Jack Grealish’s outstanding performance against Austria and Romania, coupled with Phil Foden’s exciting emergence and a timely reminder from Jadon Sancho, means Southgate has plenty of options. But Rashford is not confused by the threat to his place.

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Marcus Rashford is not worried about the threat to his starting place for England at the European Championship

Marcus Rashford is not worried about the threat to his starting place for England at the European Championship

Jack Grealish put in two outstanding performances in England's warm-up matches

Phil Foden has also had an impressive season for Manchester City

Jack Grealish (left) and Phil Foden (right) both provide competition for Rashford

And Rashford, the only goal scorer against Romania, has called on his team-mates to put aside any upcoming disappointments and be ready for their chance.

“Don’t get me wrong, everyone wants to be in the top eleven,” Rashford said. “But you need a squad. You need players who can perform at different times and provide that extra spark.

“In our team we have that all over the field. So (starting) is not in my head. We go there to win a tournament. Whether or not you start playing games, you still have a role to play.

Rashford says England have talented options to get off the couch and make a difference

Rashford says England have talented options to get off the couch and make a difference

“You’re cheating if you expect 11 players to win seven games in a short time. The platoon will have to be used.

‘I look forward. We have a lot of young, talented players, and then a mix with a few older players who have played great games for their clubs.”

Rashford suffered a frustrating end to the domestic campaign when Manchester United lost the Europa League final to Villarreal, but has assured Southgate that he is physically ready to contribute and desperate to make his mark on the European Championship.

“I was mentally more than ready to join the team and train again,” Rashford added.

“If you lose a final, you want to play the next match as soon as possible. Football is like that. The best way to recover from a heavy defeat, such as losing a final, is to rejoin the team and play the next game.”

Manchester United attacker says he was ready to join the squad after a frustrating end to the domestic campaign

Manchester United attacker says he was ready to join the squad after a frustrating end to the domestic campaign

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