Marcus Rashford omission: What does Erik ten Hag make about Rashford being left out of England’s Euro squad?

Following a below-par campaign with the club, Rashford has been excluded from the squad for the competition in Germany.

File photo - Marcus Rashford in action for England national team. Credits; Twitter/@EnglandFootball
By Karthik Raman | May 24, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

This week was dominated by national teams announcing their squads for the upcoming Euro 2024. Likewise, in England, Gareth Southgate announced his 33-man provisional squad for the summer tournament. One of the biggest names to miss out was Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford. Following a below-par campaign with the club, Rashford has been excluded from the squad for the competition in Germany.

Erik ten Hag on Marcus Rashford

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag feels that Marcus Rashford’s omission from the England squad can motivate him to do even better. “He looks good. A career has ups and downs and a down can also give you fuel and that is what I see in training. So he will be highly motivated and as you said, speak with your feet. He is very talented and already has a big career and I am sure he will get over this and make even more goals,” ten Hag, quoted on the club’s website, said in his pre-match press conference.

Manchester City will undoubtedly be the favourites on Saturday in the FA Cup final. However, ten Hag is optimistic about his team’s chances. “It’s all about trophies and we have a huge opportunity to win a trophy. In the last 10 years [there have been] not many trophies in this club but we have an opportunity to win two trophies in two years. In a season that’s not [gone] our way, we are there. We have an opportunity and it will never be easy but we have to go for it and we will go for it. We have to believe it as we did last season and as we know, often against good opponents, we play our best football and I expect us to do this on Saturday,” he elaborated.

‘On Saturday, we will have a bench’

Ten Hag revisited the two defeats to Man City earlier in the season and feels that they are in a much better position now due to their bench strength. “I think we were very competitive [against Manchester City] until a VAR decision at Old Trafford. A tough decision. I didn’t understand, no-one understood. We haven’t seen this in the rest of the season, the decision in such a moment in a penalty situation. At the Etihad, we were, for 70 minutes, very good in the game and had opportunities to go ahead. They could substitute but we didn’t have the players on the bench. That is a big difference. On Saturday, we will have a bench and will have a much stronger side,” he explained.

Despite the recently-concluded campaign being a disappointing one, ten Hag feels there are many positives his side can take out of it. “I came here to win trophies. On Saturday, I have the next opportunity and we achieved this. We earned the opportunity as a team and now we have to go for it. In the same time, in the last two years, of course, after every season you review it and we will see where we are in the project and things we have to change. We spoke lately about it, underneath there are very good things. Players coming up, players developing, and in the same time on Saturday we have a big opportunity to win the next trophy,” he stated.

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