Emile Smith-Rowe called up the England team for the first time after Marcus Rashford’s retirement to work on regaining physical form with Man United.
- Marcus Rashford is still getting back into shape after a long break
- The Manchester United striker was also ill recently and was a substitute in the derby.
- He will not join England and will focus on getting back in top form.
Marcus Rashford has ‘retired’ from Gareth Southgate’s upcoming England team for the World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.
Instead, the Manchester United striker will remain at his club and work to regain his sharpness, according to the Telegraph.
Rashford is still working his way back to match his fitness after his long hiatus from surgery early in the season.
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford retires from England duty to work in fitness
He also fell ill after United’s 2-2 draw against Atalanta in Bergamo and consequently missed two days of training last week.
He was deemed fit enough by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to enter as a substitute in Manchester’s derby loss to City, but has ruled himself out in the contest for England.
The Telegraph reports that Rashford’s decision to remain at United was discussed and agreed as the best course of action by both the club and the country.
Rashford and Mason Greenwood will not participate in the next international games.
He joins teammate Mason Greenwood in sitting down after Southgate revealed last week that they had agreed that the youngster would miss international matches.
After Rashford’s shoulder operation, he has yet to play a full game this term.
He has also struggled to gain playing time with the Three Lions and was barely used during the summer European Championships.
Perhaps the decision was made easier by the fact that he is currently not the first choice for England, but it could have given him playing time given the low quality of the opposition.
Rashford fell ill after the game against Atalanta in Bergamo in the Champions League
United will be looking to get Rashford back up to speed as soon as possible, given their recent struggles.
There is enormous pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following his 5-0 beating by Liverpool, his unconvincing form in the Champions League and his poor performance against rival City.
United will face Watford away from home on 20 November in their next game and will hope to have Rashford back by then.