Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lingard Expects Rashford to Be as Prolific for England

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lingard Expects Rashford to Be as Prolific for England

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

JESSE LINGARD believes Marcus Rashford will be hard to stop at international level if he scores his first competitive goal for England tomorrow.

With Harry Kane ruled out due to an ankle injury, Rashford has a great chance of starting against Malta in England's second World Cup qualifier in Group F. The 18-year-old scored on his international debut in a friendly against Australia in May but Lingard feels he can be prolific during qualifying should he net at Wembley.

Since scoring on his first senior appearance for Manchester United in February, Lingard's club team-mate has a fine record of 12 goals in just 27 appearances.

When asked by Standard Sport if he can make just as big an impact for England, Lingard said: "Yes. He scores or has a say in goals in most games he plays in for United now. He is contributing well and hopefully he can carry it on with England.

"It would be massive for him to get his first goal for England in a competitive game against Malta.

"His confidence is already high anyway but it will get even bigger if was to score at Wembley.

"Over the months he's matured very well from making his Manchester United debut to now.

"Marcus has gained a lot of experience in the Premier League as well as being an international. He is coming on nicely and we shouldn't forget that he is still only young. He is still going to get bigger.

"I have never seen him fazed by anything. He has a love for the game and can do anything with the ball.

"Everything is going right for him and I hope he carries it on from here."

Lingard is also looking forward to being back at Wembley. He has scored twice there this year to help United beat Crystal Palace and Leicester in the FA Cup Final and Community Shield respectively.

The 23-year-old (left) has the added lift of getting a chance to impress caretaker coach Gareth Southgate, who picked him regularly for the Under-21s. …

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