Sam Allardyce set to recall Marcus Rashford to England squad

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Marcus Rashford is set to be recalled to the England senior squad next month with Sam Allardyce ready to concede that it is impossible to keep holding him back.

According to the Daily Mail, Allardyce has been left seriously impressed with the 18-year-old during recent trips to Manchester United games. 

With Harry Kane now sidelined with an ankle problem, England will be in need of offensive reinforcements for World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia and Rashford is currently topping the list of candidates.

Allardyce was in the Old Trafford executive box during Manchester United's 4-1 romp over Leicester City in which Rashford scored a goal in his third consecutive game. He is now outscoring England regulars Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy and, as a result, could be in line to start against Malta, who are ranked 157th in the world.

But there is a chance that England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate could push to have him in his squad for the upcoming international break. The youth team face Kazakhstan and Bosnia but need only beat one of them to seal a passage to next summer's European Championships.

Meteoric rise

Rashford scored a hat-trick on his Under-21 debut against Norway and his presence in the team would aid their hopes of qualification massively. It is also believed that Southgate is having fitness issues with some of his preferred strikers, strengthening the case to include him.

The 18-year-old has continued his meteoric rise this season, shrugging off the challenge of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to embed himself in Jose Mourinho's plans. He has four goals for United in all competitions and one assist.


This, however, could all change in the very near future. Allardyce has been caught in a sting by The Telegraph, in which he was filmed offering advice on how to "get around" the FA's transfer rules in exchange for £400,000.

The video also contains footage of him making fun of Roy Hodgson's speech impediment, branding the FA's decision to rebuild Wembley as "stupid" and he also criticised Gary Neville's role in Hodgson's set-up. Most damning of all, he said it would "not be a problem" to manipulate the FA's "ridiculous" rules against third-party ownership of players.

There is no word on what the FA plan to do with this information but Allardyce's position as England manager is undoubtedly in some jeopardy.

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