Big boots: Rashford's numbers put him up there with Ronaldo

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But the youngster is struggling to hold down a regular starting place for his club side, with boss Jose Mourinho preferring Belgium global Romelu Lukaku as his main striker.

However, he has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford and will be suspended for United's next three domestic games after being sent off at Burnley before the worldwide break.

Three Lions striker Marcus Rashford seems to have hit some form in the past week, finding the back of the net against Spain and Switzerland and taking his global goals tally to five.

Like with so many others in the England squad, though, that confidence can only be maintained if Rashford plays for his club, no matter what he has achieved so far and the impressive comparisons he has drawn.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate believes the Manchester United youngster is a "special talent" and has likened him to the Juventus and Portugal star, even pointing out that the 20-year-old is better in front of goal than Ronaldo was at that tender age.

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Gareth Southgate has warned his England players that it will be hard to pick them for next month's Nations League games in Croatia and Spain if they are not playing regularly for their clubs. They have to try to win matches. "José [Mourinho] thinks the world of Marcus - he's a huge admirer of him - but he has his job to do".

It is not as straightforward for Pep as: 'Oh, I'll just give Phil a game.' Every decision you make as a manager has a knock-on effect and I understand how complicated that is.

"I was delighted [with Rashford] because we really wanted to make him feel important over this period", Southgate said.

On Rashford's woes at club level, Southgate said: "It's not my business to interfere with club managers. He's got huge competition for places at his club, so you can understand [his frustration]". "They have to rotate their squads".

"His confidence will be boosted I'm sure, two goals against top-quality opposition in both games".

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