England’s under-21s are competing in the European Championship in Poland next month, and up until recently it was believed that Marcus Rashford would be a member of the team there.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho told reporters that his young striker shouldn’t be made to play for the under-21s again, now that he has earned himself a spot in England’s senior national team, and turned out, Gareth Southgate decided to call Rashford for the seniors’ friendly games next month.
No, I didn’t speak to Mourinho about it. I just let him know where I was heading at the end
the England coach told reporters.
I am not in a position where I can make decisions to keep people happy. I’m not going to achieve that. If I am trying to keep Jose happy, then that’s going to be fairly difficult. So I have got to make decisions that are right for England seniors, long term
Southgate added, denying that he got influenced by the United boss in deciding to call Rashford up for the senior team’s friendlies.
I’m always mindful of what is right for the players. Respectfully, none of the managers are likely to be around in 10 years, but people like Marcus Rashford will be. Rashford’s relationship with England is key. So we want a good working relationship with the clubs, of course we do. But they have got their own objectives, and they have to make decisions that are right for them
the England coach also said.