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Southgate: Man Utd striker Rashford NOT a natural No9

11 September 2019

Gareth Southgate has admitted that he's unsure about Marcus Rashford's suitability to play as a central striker, claiming the Manchester United ahead does his finest work out large.

Challandes, a Swiss coach and a self-confessed Manchester City fan, concedes Kosovo will come up against some top players when they line up against England but does not intend to simply try and defend.

Harry Kane talks with manager Gareth Southgate and his staff
Harry Kane talks with manager Gareth Southgate and his staff

Harry Kane struck a hat-trick in the Wembley win to underline his status as England's premier centre-forward amid United's attempts to use Rashford in that role.

"A lot of his development at United was as a wide raider and he isn't as strong as Harry with his back to goal and holding play up".

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"I don't think that's a problem, we have to be aware that's probably his profile to get the best out of him, they're the areas that he needs to get in".

The World Cup Golden Boot victor is up to 25 in 40 games for the Three Lions and Southgate thinks he could threaten Wayne Rooney's all-time record of 53. I think they have great humility. What happened with the penalty [for England's second goal], that's what you want to see.

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England suffered an early setback in their European Championship qualifier against rank outsiders Kosovo, but the Three Lions bounced back in style to make it 5-1 at half-time.

I also tipped Harry Kane to score first against Bulgaria and after his hat-trick hero show he'll be super confident and is 21-10 with bet365 to break the deadlock and the same price at Ladbrokes to score two more. It's hard because there are so many new countries now and so many countries to involve in the process, but we've got to do the right thing for the supporters as well. "They possibly don't because they sometimes don't view themselves as others do".

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"I think they're as exciting as anything", he added.

Southgate: Man Utd striker Rashford NOT a natural No9