Manchester United star pulls out of England squad

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Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has reportedly pulled out from Gareth Southgate’s England squad due to a fitness issue.

The philanthropist was named in Southgate’s 25 man list to face Albania and San Marino in the World Cup qualifiers during the ongoing international break. However, he has had to withdraw from the squad so as to focus on his recovery.

Rashford is yet to play a full game for United this season, after completing a shoulder surgery weeks ago.

He made a cameo in the 2-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday, when he came on for Mason Greenwood in the 67th minute, although he couldn’t make any meaningful impact.

Reports say both Man United and Southgate reached an agreement to allow Rashford stay back and work on his fitness in Carrington instead of going to stress it further on international duty.

The Englishman now joins Jadon Sancho, Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood as Man United players who will not be a part of Southgate’s team this month.

Although Rashford only recently returned from a shoulder injury, but has been suffering with an illness and has decided to withdraw from international duty to concentrate on making a full recovery.

Meanwhile, young Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe has received his first England call-up, as he was brought in to replace Rashford.

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