Marcus Rashford faces battle to secure place in Southgate’s Euro 2024 plans

Manchester United forward in squad for England friendliesAnthony Gordon, Cole Palmer and Phil Foden offer competition

Gareth Southgate has warned Marcus Rashford his place in England’s Euro 2024 squad is by no means guaranteed, with stiff competition looming from the next generation of wide attackers.

Rashford has been back in the England fold, when fit, since being recalled for the 2022 World Cup after a year-long absence. His domestic form has been patchy, though, while he was disciplined by Manchester United in January after allegedly partying in Belfast and subsequently missing training. Southgate played that incident down but made clear that Cole Palmer and Anthony Gordon, both called up for the friendlies against Brazil next Saturday and Belgium three days later, are serious threats for the berth Rashford covets.

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