Rio Ferdinand has played with some world-class strikers over the course of his Manchester United career.
From Robin van Persie to Wayne Rooney, the England international has always enjoyed the luxury of having a prolific goalscorer to lead the line throughout his playing days at Old Trafford.
Ferdinand of course made his name as one of the greatest defenders the Premier League has ever seen, but he believes he can pick a top-quality striker when he sees one.
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The 37-year-old has called for a reshuffle in the England attack as caretaker manager Gareth Southgate prepares his team to face Malta at Wembley next week.
Ferdinand has singled out a player he has never shared a pitch with as not only the man to start up front for his country, but the best striker in England.
“I think Marcus Rashford should be selected for the senior squad next week and be unleashed against Malta,” Ferdinand wrote in his Evening Standard column.
“Including his hat-trick for the U21s against Norway earlier this month, no English striker has scored more goals since he made his professional debut in February.
“I don’t care how old you are, that record warrants a place in the squad. He has been the best striker in this country since February in terms of output – the statistics don’t lie.”
It is hard to disagree with Ferdinand that Southgate has little choice but to try his luck on the 18-year-old given his impressive goalscoring form.
Rashford has bagged four goals and one assist in all competitions this season, yet failed to convince Jose Mourinho he is worthy of a place in his starting XI.
England currently occupy top spot in Group F alongside Scotland – who beat Malta 5-1 on the road earlier in the month – but need a result to steady themselves following the shock departure of Sam Allardyce.
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