Marcus Rashford features in the Premier League's 'most likeable' XI right now


Marcus Rashford is probably the most popular man in England right now.

The Manchester United striker is not only performing brilliantly on the pitch this season but his work off the pitch is even more admirable.

He was awarded an MBE for his tremendous work in trying to end child poverty during the coronavirus pandemic.

Even Liverpool fans have shown their appreciation for Rashford’s efforts with manager Jurgen Klopp saying: “What Marcus has started there is absolutely incredible, it is so nice. And with all the rivalry between the clubs, in these moments we are as footballers and as human beings always united.”

Whatever your political view, there’s no doubt that Rashford is the most likeable player in the Premier League right now.

But what about other likeable players in England’s top-flight?

Well, earlier this week, The Guardian decided to list an XI of the most likeable stars, as well as a manager and seven subs.

Take a look at who made the squad:

Goalkeeper: Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa)

After spending a decade at Arsenal, Martinez finally got his opportunity towards the end of last season as he filled in for the injured Bernd Leno. And he took his chance with some brilliant performances, helping Arsenal win the FA Cup. He broke down in tears at full-time and dedicated the win to his parents, who had sacrificed their lives to allow him to move to England and follow his dream. It also earned him a £20 million move to Aston Villa, where he’s showing his quality on a weekly basis. Good things come to those who wait.


Right-back: Tariq Lamptey (Brighton)

Lamptey is far from the first youngster to find breaking into Chelsea’s first-team tough. But he didn’t hesitate in taking the opportunity to move to Brighton and the 20-year-old has impressed hugely since his move in January. His diminutive stature suggests he shouldn’t be a Premier League footballer but he’s fearlessly brilliant.


Centre-back: Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa)

His work off the pitch in fighting racism and helping homelessness. He was also somewhat of the face of the Black Lives Matter movement as Aston Villa and Sheffield United took the knee in the first match back after the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll forget about his stamp on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s head back in 2017.


Centre-back: Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)

How can you not love a player who turns up to a match with a Tesco bag? The Scot just seems a lovely, down to earth, very talented footballer.


Left-back: Danny Rose (Tottenham)

Rose deserves an enormous amount of credit for speaking publicly on his battles against racism and mental health. Things haven’t been going his way on the pitch so we can all help him out by giving him our love.


Midfield: Hamza Choudhury (Leicester)

Jurgen Klopp may disagree with this one after Choudhury’s terrible tackle on Mohamed Salah last season. But the British Asian Muslim seems to just love playing football – even if he is a little too strong in the tackle at times.


Midfield: Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

The 19-year-old is a serious talent but he’s unlike many young English talents coming through in the fact that he’s not a household name. He’s very much kept himself to himself and doesn’t seem interested in making headlines.


Midfield: Juan Mata (Manchester United)

How can you not like the Spanish playmaker? Even Chelsea fans still love him even though he moved to Manchester United. At the age of 32, the wizard is still beautiful to watch.


Right wing: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Liverpool fans may disagree but Sterling has done a lot off the pitch as well as being a world-class talent on it. He’s hit back at the media’s treatment of him and spoken brilliantly against racism.


Centre-forward: Marcus Rashford MBE (Manchester United, captain)

Of course. Rashford is single-handedly fighting the government with his campaign to continue free school meals. The way he’s currently juggling being one of the biggest talents in European football and the most inspirational man in the country.


Left wing: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Mane’s talents are often overshadowed by Mohamed Salah but the Senegalese doesn’t seem to care. He just gets his head down and continues to show his world-class talents on a weekly basis.


Manager: Emma Hayes MBE (Chelsea Women)

The Guardian decided against picking a Premier League manager so opted for Chelsea women’s boss, MBE Emma Hayes.



Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace); Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal); Ben Mee (Burnley); Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United); Adama Traoré (Wolves); Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur); Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)

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