Jose Mourinho discusses Marcus Rashford's U21 tournament chances

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Poor Marcus Rashford, all he wants to do is play football and yet his future is already being heavily discussed by those above him.

And by future, we mean next summer, more specifically. We haven't reached November yet and there are already signs of a potential club vs country row brewing regarding England's hottest youngster.

Earlier today, it was reported the FA are set to demand Rashford is called up to play in the European Under-21 Championship finals at the end of the season.

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The FA's chief executive, Martin Glenn, is keen for the nation's most talented players who qualify to compete in the tournament in Poland be taken - regardless of whether they are already part of the senior squad.

However, Rashford's manager at club level, Jose Mourinho is prepared to offer some resistance against the 18-year-old's inclusion.

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Ahead of Manchester United's Europa League clash with Fenerbahce on Thursday, Mourinho was asked for his view on the subject and suggested it would 'make no sense' if Rashford becomes a regular member of the senior setup.

"We are in mid-October, the Championships will be in the summer," said Mourinho, as per The Mirror.

"I think we have to wait and see what happens until then.

"Because if the player becomes a regular in the A national team, if you want to call it that. If he becomes a regular in the A national team and established, then to say it is important for his development with the Under-21s, makes no sense.

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"It's the same that he's a regular here with us, and then we are going to play him in the Under-23 Championship because we want to beat somebody and he can give us a help in that."

Rashford started the season on the bench at Old Trafford but it hasn't taken long for last term's breakthrough star to convince Mourinho he is worthy of a starting role.

Although he has featured more prominently on the wing rather than his preferred position as a central striker, Rashford has still stood out in a team also featuring Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"Let's see what happens. If he's an Under-21 player in the national team, then he is an Under-21 player and there is no discussion about that," Mourinho added.


"But if he becomes a regular choice for Gareth Southgate in the first team, then we have to speak because we don't want him going."

Of course, there is the possibility that conversation Mourinho might be expecting will not be with Southgate.

Although the current interim boss remains the favourite to take the role on a full-time basis, there is still a lot of time for things to change between now and June.

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