Ashley Young feels his Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford has the potential to “set the world alight” and could use the World Cup to showcase his talent.
Rashford 20, who made his international debut in May 2016 is in Gareth Southgate’s squad with Old Trafford club-mate Young, who at 32 happens to be the oldest member of the 23-man team set to represent England.
The forward has had a difficult season under Jose Mourinho, whilst he’s made 52 appearances across all competitions during 2017-18, he has found himself in and out of the starting line-up.
But now as Rashford heads into his second major tournament for his country, Young has no doubt he is ready to make a major impact on the international stage, starting in Russia next month.
“I think he (Rashford) will cope really well, he has his feet firmly on the ground and he wants to learn every day,” Young said.
“He’s one of them that the manager has to tell him ‘come inside’ because he wants to stay out and play non-stop.
“I’ve said it since I saw him in the youth team, he has a massive future ahead of him. He’s a fantastic player and if he keeps on going the way he is he can set the world alight.
“The World Cup can be a stage for him to show everyone just how far he has come since he made his debut.
“If you look at the goals Rashford scored on how many different debuts – that just shows in itself that he steps up for the big games.
“He can produce. He’s been fantastic for us at Manchester United and he will definitely be a major player for us at the World Cup.”
England face Nigeria and Costa Rica in their two warm-up fixtures before kicking off their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18.