Sport Rashford playing for England Under-21s wouldn't make sense - Mourinho

17:51  21 april  2017
17:51  21 april  2017 Source:   Goal.com

Mourinho: Rashford too good for England Under-21s

  Mourinho: Rashford too good for England Under-21s Manchester United manager José Mourinho has suggested that it would not make sense for Marcus Rashford to play for England at this summer’s Under-21 European Championship. Rashford has hit a rich vein of form recently, scoring three goals in his last four matches – including an extra-time winner against Anderlecht on Thursday night to send United through to the Europa League semi-finals – and is eligible to play for Aidy Boothroyd’s side in Poland. However, the 19-year-old is already a regular for the senior England side, having become the youngest Three Lions player to play at a European Championship when he came on as a substitute against Wales in France last summer. When asked whether it would good for Rashford to play for England’s under-21s this summer, Mourinho said (via Sky Sports): “I don’t want to go in that direction.” “I just feel that when a player reaches a certain level, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to drop levels.” “It’s like now I am going to play in the under-23s to win, let’s say a derby against Man City? No.” “Nicky Butt doesn’t take him to play that game. He could by age, so when you reach a certain level – and he’s reached that level for a long time – I don’t think it makes sense, but the power is in their [England’s] hands.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes it does not " make sense " for striker Marcus Rashford to go to the 2017 European Championship as part of the England Under - 21 squad.

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford ready to anger Jose Mourinho by playing for England Under - 21 s . The 19-year-old has played a lot of football in recent times since making his first-team breakthrough at Old Trafford just over a year ago, and could do with a rest.

Jose Mourinho: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho © Provided by Goal Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes it does not "make sense" for striker Marcus Rashford to go to the 2017 European Championship as part of the England Under-21 squad.

Rashford scored an extra-time winner in a 2-1 victory over Anderlecht to send United into the semi-finals of the Europa League on Thursday, hitting his third goal in his last four appearances.

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The teenager has earned eight senior England caps, most recently featuring for Gareth Southgate's team in March, but the FA is reportedly keen for Rashford to collect tournament experience in Poland, something Mourinho does not agree with.

Jose against Rashford U21 berth

  Jose against Rashford U21 berth Jose Mourinho believes it would be illogical for England to take Marcus Rashford to this summer’s Under-21 European Championship. Rashford fired Manchester United into the semi-finals of the Europa League with an extra-time winner against Anderlecht on Thursday night and is eligible to feature for Aidy Boothroyd's side in Poland this summer.The 19-year-old is already a full international and became England's youngest player at a European Championship when he came on as a sub in the 2-1 win over against Wales in Lens last summer.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said it would make ‘no sense ’ for Marcus Rashford to play for England at next summer's European Under - 21 Championship if the 18-year-old is a ‘regular’ for the senior side.

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Mourinho told reporters after the Anderlecht victory: "When a player reaches a certain level, it doesn't make a lot of sense to drop levels and play in the under-23s. Let's say in a derby against Manchester City, [United coach] Nicky Butt doesn't pick him to play that game.

"So when you reach a certain level - and he has reached that level - then I don't think it makes sense. But the power is in their hands."

Injuries to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo marred United's progress to the last four of the Europa League and Mourinho accepted he faces tough team selection issues for Sunday's Premier League trip to Burnley.

"[Ander] Herrera plays, he didn't play today," Mourinho said. "I was thinking about him and [Marouane Fellaini] as changes but because of the injury to Marcos Rojo I couldn't do it.

"Herrera is fresh to play and Ashley Young is fresh to play. Who else? Nobody else is fresh to play."

United's record goalscorer Wayne Rooney made his return against Anderlecht, taking his place on the bench after missing four games with an ankle injury, but Mourinho suggested the club captain is not yet ready to play.

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"He's not in the best of his condition," Mourinho told reporters. "He's not at the level of sharpness you need to play a high level of football.

"But he has the experience and he has the character."

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