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Marcus Rashford says England attack 'daunting' for Euro 2020 entry



England are the best team in the Euro 2020 qualifiers

Marcus Rashford says England's attacking game is "daunting" and has the potential to inspire the three lions to a successful Euro 2020.

Gareth Southgate's 38 goals in 2019 are the most the national team has achieved in the 1908 calendar year.

They finished their Euro 2020 qualifying group with seven victories of eight and 37 goals, with 20 of those being scored by Harry Caine and Raheem Sterling.

"I think it's a good combination," Rashford told Manchester United.

"But we played games without those front three and it is frightening what we can do as a group of strikers.

"I think all these games are just preparing you for the summer and if we go to a summer anywhere near the shape we were in recently, then it will be a successful tournament."

Sutton questions Caine's starting point

Harry Kane's place in the team is under scrutiny by Chris Sutton

Despite England's 11-goal international break – a 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro to secure Group A top spot after a 4-0 win over Kosovo – former Premier League striker Chris Sutton says captain Kane is unsure for the starting place on the side.

Caine scored a hat-trick against Montenegro and took his three lions to 32 goals, making him the sixth-best scorer in the country.

He also won the Golden Digger at the 2018 World Cup, but Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live that he did not consider him a starter next summer.

"Going into the game against Kosovo, I thought two players were cemented [England manager] Gareth Southgate's starting XI, which would be Harry Maguire and Sterling, "Sutton said.

"If you look at the form of Harry Kane in the Premier League this season, you would say that Tami Abraham played better this season for his club.

"It's not an easy decision, but if you go back and look at the club form in the Premier League this season, Kane would be the third choice behind Abraham and Jamie Ward.

"It's good for Southgate that Kane is pushed."

Kane has six goals in 11 appearances in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur, while Abraham is the second highest scorer in the English Premier League this term with 10 of 12, one behind Leicester City's Jamie Ward.

Abraham, 22, scored his first goal for England against Kosovo.

Southgate is "real" about its future

While Southgate plans for the European Championship next summer, it also has one eye on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar,

Southgate will head to Qatar for next month's World Cup campaign in Liverpool and will consider potential bases for the team.

But he said the past two weeks, which saw a high profile of confrontation between Sterling and Oeo Gomez, was a reminder that no England manager could afford to plan too far ahead.

Southgate said his future will "depend a lot on how we market next summer."

"When you have a week like it has been, you have the feeling that people can fall in love with you and if there is no heat to continue, then it can start to affect the team," he added.

"So I'm realistic about how fast the tides can turn, but we've always been planning short, medium and long term in the last eight years."


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