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Why is Marcus Rashford not playing for England at Euro 2024? Manchester United star wishes Three Lions ‘the best’ in Germany

Marcus Rashford will not be playing for England at Euro 2024 in Germany this summer.

The Manchester United man will instead get more time off ahead of the 2024/25 season starting.


Rashford won’t be representing EnglandCredit: Getty

Since making his Three Lions debut, Rashford has played in four major tournaments for his country.

This would have been his fifth, but England will have to do without him.

Why is Marcus Rashford not playing for England?

Well, he’s simply not been selected in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

The Man United forward made 33 Premier League appearances during the 2023/24 season, scoring seven goals and setting up a further two.

But the England boss believes other players in the squad who play in Rashford’s position enjoyed better campaigns.

Southgate instead opted for Phil Foden, Anthony Gordon, and Eberechi Eze to challenge for the spot on the left side of his attack.

Speaking after Rashford and Jordan Henderson were omitted from his squad, Southgate said: “These are difficult calls – you are talking about players who are very good players who have been an important part of what we have done.

“With Marcus [Rashford], I feel players in the same area of the pitch have had better seasons, it’s as simple as that.”

Southgate elected to leave Rashford at home


Southgate elected to leave Rashford at homeCredit: Getty
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In response to this, Rashford posted an Instagram story.

The post consisted of an image of England’s preliminary 33 players included in the initial squad, with a caption.

It read: “Wishing Gareth and the boys all the best for the up and coming tournament.”

So, he’ll be watching this European Championships from home, but Rashford will no doubt be cheering the Three Lions on.

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