Marcus Rashford should START against Malta: ‘It’s a great way to get his England career up and running’ – Harry Redknapp tells talkSPORT

27 Sep

England’s upcoming match with Malta provides the perfect chance to start Marcus Rashford, according to Harry Redknapp.

The Three Lions will come up against the 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign against the small nation – ranked 176 in the FIFA rankings – on October 8.

It is Sam Allardyce’s first game at Wembley since succeeding Roy Hodgson and Redknapp wants to see the Manchester United starlet given the chance to shine on the international stage.

The 18-year-old, who scored a hat-trick on his debut for England’s Under-21s at the start of September, already has three senior caps to his name having been part of Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016.

Former Tottenham and West Ham manager Redknapp, co-presenting Drivetime alongside Adrian Durham, said: “The next England game we have is Malta at home – stick the kid in and play him.

“What a great time, for his confidence as well.

“We’re going to win the game. There’s every chance we might score five, six or seven goals, there’s every chance the kid may get two or three for himself.

“[What a] great way for him to get his England career up and running. If I was Sam I’d definitely start him in that game.

“It’s a good chance to play one or two players who haven’t had the opportunity before. If we cannot beat Malta whatever team we put out there’s something wrong.”

Listen to Harry Redknapp on Drivetime, above.

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