No room for Marcus Rashford in Jose Mourinho’s England XI
Jose Mourinho would not select his previous Manchester United gamers Marcus Rashford or Luke Shaw if he was choosing the England side to deal with Croatia in their Euro 2020 opener on Sunday.
Mourinho stated both Harry Kane and Jack Grealish would be “untouchables” in his beginning eleven, which left no space for Rashford, among the most reputable entertainers in Mourinho’s time at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese went with an assaulting trio of Grealish, Mason Mount and Phil Foden behind Kane, with Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips behind.
“Grealish is untouchable and his best position is coming in from the left,” Mourinho informed talkSPORT. “It creates a situation, because Rashford can only play there. When he plays on the right he completely loses his dynamic, it is totally broken. He is very good on the left, attacking space.
“Grealish for me is tremendous in what he creates. He reminds me a little bit, I don’t lie, he reminds me of Luis Figo…the way he gets forward, gets penalties, he’s very powerful and I like him a lot.
“I would say Grealish on the left, Mount as the number 10 and it’s something I like a lot, inverted wingers, so I would play Foden on the right.”
Mourinho, who freely criticised Shaw while at United, called a back 4 of John Stones, Tyrone Mings, Ben Chilwell and Kyle Walker in front of Dean Henderson, the only United gamer he picked with Harry Maguire hurt.
“At left-back I would go with Chilwell,” Mourinho stated. “I wouldn’t think twice…He is intelligent, he covers the space, is dangerous in attack, good in the air and at set-pieces.
“(Shaw) I think has had a good season, clearly an evolution in terms of emotionally and professionally, but I think Chilwell has something more, especially with the ball, the way he thinks. He is very calm under pressure. I like Chilwell a lot.”
Henderson has just one cap for England, however Mourinho stated he had complete faith in the 24-year-old as he selected him ahead of Jordan Pickford.
“I am a Henderson fan,” he stated. “When I was at United he was a kid, and I tell this story because it shows his nature.
“He came to my office asking for a loan, he went to Shrewsbury, but this kid said to me then, ‘When I come back, I want to be number one’. We looked at each other because we had (David) De Gea and this kid never played one game, but he has had incredible development.
“The loans were all very successful. The way United organised them I think United did amazing for him and he did amazing for himself. He has this arrogance in him, this trust and belief which I think an England goalkeeper needs.”
Asked to rate England’s opportunities of winning a competition which will end with a Wembley last on July 11, Mourinho stated: “Can? 100 per cent. Should? It is a little bit too much, extra pressure they don’t need – but of course they can.
“They’ve got the potential. They should be positive and believe in themselves.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.