Even the most vicious Mancunian Blue out there must be proud of Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck leading England's attack on Switzerland.

Despite their obvious Manchester United connections, it was great to have a longsight boy and a Wythenshawe Wallah at the head of the national team.

And for Rashford to beat the winner, having hit Spain a few days earlier, made it even better.

The only problem was that it led, as expected, to an outcry for 20-year-old Rashford, who will be the first striker for Harry Kane in the future.

Rashford played in both games mainly because Manchester City star Raheem Sterling resigned from the squad with a back injury.

This noise will be even louder with the realization that Sterling has been training and is expected to be available against Fulham on Saturday.

Raheem Sterling has started the season brilliantly for City
Raheem Sterling has started the season brilliantly for City

The former Liverpool man has become the man that other teams like to hate for no apparent reason.

But to say that Rashford is better than him is nonsense.

On the one hand, we have a player who is the first choice in Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, and probably by including the country's best team last season.

On the other hand, despite all his talents, we have a young man on the verge of José Mourinho's Manchester United side.

There is a reason why he is not regular for United, and that's because his contribution is not big enough – though that will change as he matures.

Sterling scored 22 goals and 12 assists in the Premier League and Champions League last season.

In comparison, Rashford had ten goals and six assists – only the statistics makes Sterling twice the player.

But that does not even take into account what Sterling is contributing to the destruction of dense defenses.

Sterling has already scored twice in the league against Rashfords this season.

Of course, Gareth Southgate is his own man, and if he only sets his shape on what his players do for their country instead of taking the club's performance into account, there are arguments in favor of Rashford.

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But that implies that Southgate has the same view as the mindless masses who have swallowed the tale that Sterling had a bad World Cup.

He was not at the same level as City last season, but was asked to do a very different job to sacrifice his normal game for the team.

He did what he was asked to do and did well – it was noticed by almost every football expert and commentator on a note.

More importantly, it was appreciated by Southgate, who would have dropped him had he been dissatisfied.

Sterling vs Rashford are a loser right now – but young Red will be a serious contender in the coming years.



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