Marcus Rashford injury: Man Utd forward pulls out of England squad

The Manchester United attacker won’t play in the upcoming matches against Italy and Ukraine.

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Marcus Rashford has pulled out of the England camp for the Three Lions’ upcoming games against Italy and Ukraine.

Gareth Southgate named his first England squad since the World Cup last week, with Manchester United trio Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Rashford included. However, it’s been confirmed that the latter picked up a knock in Sunday’s FA Cup win over Fulham and will therefore sit out the upcoming international fixtures.

In a statement on Monday, the FA revealed Nick Pope and Mason Mount have also dropped out of the squad, with Fraser Forster added to the group.

“Marcus Rashford will miss out on the forthcoming UEFA EURO 2024 qualifiers having picked up a knock during Manchester United’s Emirates FA Cup quarter-final win over Fulham on Sunday,” the FA said on their website.

Meanwhile, United added: “Our no.10 required treatment after being hurt in the build-up to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s opener for the visitors and was later withdrawn in the 83rd minute, with Fred taking his place.”

It’s hoped the injury will not be a long-term problem for Rashford, who has only missed two matches all season for United. From his 44 appearances in 2022/23, Rashford has scored 27 times.

The Red Devils are not back in action until 2 April when they take on Newcastle United at St James’ Park, before a busy month that will see the club play in the FA Cup semi-finals and Europa League quarter-finals.

In Rashford’s absence, England play Italy in Naples on Thursday in the first qualification match for Euro 2024, with a home game against Ukraine taking place three days later at Wembley.

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