Butt: Rashford not ready for England, yet

Manchester United Head of Academy states that selecting United starlet could backfire for everybody involved.

Butt: Rashford not ready for England, yet
Marcus Rashford has been a featured player for the Red Devils since being an emergency replacement versus FC Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Even though he has scored four goals thus far in six senior appearance, newly appointed Manchester United Head of Academy Nicky Butt believes that Marcus Rashford is not ready for selection to England's 2016 Euro's squad.

Butt speaks out

In response to England manager Roy Hodgson speculating on the possibility of Rashford being selected to play in France, and Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's speculation as well, Butt was quick to downplay expectations.

“No, I think that’s well too soon for Marcus,” the former United midfielder told the BBC“I think that could backfire on everybody, really, and might not be the right thing for him." 

The former England midfielder explained that Rashford had a bright future, but didn't feel that he was ready and it would be a mistake to rush him. Butt continued on to put his opinion into context, "For me he is a young boy who is still learning the game, he has got a long way to go yet, so I think talk of England is well too soon for Marcus."

Butt wasn't all critical, however, saying that he saw a tremendous future for the Red Devils forward, “He has phenomenal potential for England and for Man United, and I think too soon – it might do more damage than good.”

Rashford's quick rise

Rashford burst onto the scene for United as a virtual unknown, scoring a brace in his senior debut against FC Midtjylland as an emergency substitute for Anthony Martial.

He then proceeded to bag two against Arsenal three days later. Since then he had been the subject of a goal glut, including accusations that United boss Van Gaal has played him out of position at the espense of fellow United forward Martial.

Rashford's rise into the first team at United was so quick, that he did not even have a Wikipedia profile before his debut against FC Midtjylland. But he has quickly become a fans favourite and looks to have a bright future.