Jose Mourinho: 'Man Utd striker Marcus Rashford should not go to U21 Euros'

Rashford has been a regular in the Manchester United first-team squad under Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho does not think striker Marcus Rashford should be selected for England Under-21s at this summer's European Championship.

The Portuguese said that "when a player reaches a certain level, it does not make a lot of sense to drop levels".

But Mourinho admitted "the power" is in the Football Association's hands over the decision.

Rashford, 19, already has eight senior England caps.

Rashford, who has scored once for England, has played 49 games for club and country this season, having broken into the United's first-team last term.

The striker has 10 goals for United this season, including an extra-time winner in the Europa League last-eight.

Just four months into his first professional season in February 2016, he was selected for Euro 2016 by England manager Roy Hodgson.

Mourinho compared the situation to Rashford being selected for United's under-23 team to win 'say a derby against Manchester City'.

"[Head of Academy] Nicky Butt does not pick him to play that game. He could by age," added Mourinho.

In May 2016, Rashford signed a new contract worth £20,000-a-week at Old Trafford too keep him at the club until 2020.

Aidy Boothroyd's England side have been drawn in a group alongside hosts Poland, Slovakia and Sweden for the tournament which runs from 16 to 30 June.


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