sport news Marcus Rashford heaps praise on Holland duo Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt

'They are probably the best centre backs in the world': Marcus Rashford heaps praise on Holland duo Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt... but insists England 'can cause them problems' England face Holland in the Nations League semi-finals on Thursday evening Marcus Rashford is confident they can hurt Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt He admits that the Holland defenders are 'probably the best in the world' Rashford believes the Nations League's reputation will continue to improve

By Joe Strange for MailOnline

Published: 10:00 BST, 5 June 2019 | Updated: 11:34 BST, 5 June 2019

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Marcus Rashford believes England will come up against the two best centre backs in the world when they face Holland on Thursday night.

Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt are expected to line up against the Three Lions in the Nations League semi-finals after hugely impressive seasons for Liverpool and Ajax respectively.

Rashford rates the pair as the top defenders on the planet, but remains confident that Gareth Southgate's men have the quality to hurt them.

Virgil van Dijk, pictured in action against Germany, could start against England on Thursday night

Matthijs de Ligt is the most wanted central defender in the world after his displays for Ajax

Marcus Rashford says Virgil van Dijk (L) and Matthijs de Ligt are 'probably the best in the world'

The Manchester United striker (right) tussles with Raheem Sterling during England training

The striker (right) tussles with Raheem Sterling during England training

'De Ligt and Virgil are probably the best centre backs in the world right now,' he

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