In the latest England news, Ashley Young has backed Three Lions and Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford to be a “major player” at the World Cup.
The Red Devils forward is heading to Russia off the back of a frustrating domestic season having played a bit-part role under Old Trafford chief Jose Mourinho.
While he did rack up over 50 appearances, the majority came as a substitute as he played second fiddle to the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku during the second part of the campaign.
The 20-year-old still notched 13 goals in all competitions, though, and is 8/1 with William Hill to finish the World Cup as England’s top-scorer, a feat Young clearly feels he is capable of.
Rashford already has tournament experience having been selected by previous Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for Euro 2016 and has featured in the last eight international fixtures.
Current boss Gareth Southgate has chosen the third-youngest England squad ever sent to a World Cup with Rashford expected to be amongst those involved in tournaments for years to come.
Although it is still early days in his England career, Young believes Rashford is ready to explode on the international scene and has backed him to shine in Russa.
“I think he (Rashford) will cope really well, he has his feet firmly on the ground and he wants to learn every day,” Young said.
“I’ve said it since I saw him in the youth team, he has a massive future ahead of him. He’s a fantastic player and if he keeps on going the way he is he can set the world alight.
“The World Cup can be a stage for him to show everyone just how far he has come since he made his debut.
“He can produce. He’s been fantastic for us at Manchester United and he will definitely be a major player for us at the World Cup.”
Rashford will hope to stake a claim for a starting berth in England’s upcoming warm-up match against Nigeria and Costa Rica, starting with the clash with the Super Eagles on Saturday.