Marcus Rashford reacts to Gareth Southgate’s snub for Euro 2024

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford reacts after a missed chance against Atalanta.

Marcus Rashford has been directly involved in 13 goals in all competitions this season REUTERS/Phil Noble

Marcus Rashford’s failure to repeat the feats he achieved in Erik ten Hag’s first season at Manchester United has resulted in him losing his place in England squad.

Only 12 months ago, the Englishman established himself as one of Europe’s best forwards, ending the season with 30 goals and 10 assists to his name across all competitions.

However, he started the 2023/24 term on an underwhelming note. He did show signs of his immense potential occasionally, leading to eight goals and five assists in all competitions.

Still, that has proven insufficient for him to book a spot in England’s provisional squad for Euro 2024.

Explaining his decision, the Three Lions’ head coach Gareth Southgate said (via Sky Sports): “With Marcus, I just feel that other players in that area of the pitch had better seasons. It’s as simple as that.”

Rashford’s reaction was dignified, as he wrote on his Instagram story: “Wishing Gareth and the boys all the best for the up and coming tournament.”

There’s no denying that Rashford has looked like a shadow of his best self lately, but at the same time, considering his experience, many fans and pundits alike would favour the United superstar over Jarrod Bowen, Anthony Gordon, and Jack Grealish to make the difference on the biggest stage.

The 26-year-old had previously been part of every England squad for major tournaments under Southgate. In the 2022 World Cup, he scored three goals, including a phenomenal free-kick.

Meanwhile, Southgate has maintained his trust in United duo Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw. Promising midfielder Kobbie Mainoo has also been named in the provisional squad.