Gareth Southgate has revealed that he sought advice from Ryan Giggs about England hero Marcus Rashford.
The Manchester United star recovered from an early mistake which led to Slovakia’s goal to assist Eric Dier’s equaliser and score the winner — his first competitive international goal — as England took a huge step towards World Cup qualification.
Southgate insists he’s known about the 19-year-old’s talents for a while, thanks in part to a conversation during his spell as England Under 21 boss with United legend Giggs, who was the club’s assistant manager when Rashford broke through.
Gareth Southgate has revealed he went to Ryan Giggs for advice on playing Marcus Rashford
‘We used to speak to Ryan about which team to put him in because we didn’t want to put him in the Under 21s too early,’ said Southgate. ‘We felt it would put too much spotlight on him and United were grateful for that.
‘But then Roy Hodgson picked him for the seniors two months later, so that plan was out the window. You could see the impact he had straight away.
‘United prepare their players well, which is why they end up the way they do. To play in