Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Marcus Rashford has been the best striker in England since he made his debut in a Europa League clash against Midjtylland last season.
The former United defender has now gone ahead to tip the 18-year old Rashford to get another senior England call-up ahead of the next international break.
Rashford was not selected in Sam Allardyce’s first and only game in charge of the Three Lions and with Gareth Southgate now in charge after Allardyce’s premature exit, Ferdinand is of the opinion that the young striker should be included in the next senior England squad.
“I think Marcus Rashford should be selected for the senior squad next week and be unleashed against Malta,” Ferdinand wrote in his Evening Standard column.
“Including his hat-trick for the U21s against Norway earlier this month, no English striker has scored more goals since he made his professional debut in February.
“I don’t care how old you are, that record warrants a place in the squad. He has been the best striker in this country since February in terms of output – the statistics don’t lie.”
Rashford has scored four goals in all competitions this season, in addition to one assist, which proves, according to Ferdinand, he must play against Malta next week.
England currently sit join-top of Group F in 2018 World Cup qualification after just one game but have since sacked Sam Allardyce.