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'Rashford starts, Sterling snubbed' - Hoddle wants England to favour Man Utd attack over City

09:53 BST 17/05/2018
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The former Three Lions manager believes Gareth Southgate should be putting his trust in a Red Devils forward rather than an in-form Blues star

England should be starting Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford over City rival Raheem Sterling, claims Glenn Hoddle, regardless of the latter having enjoyed a more productive 2017-18 campaign.

Having faced questions in the past regarding a supposed lack of end product, Sterling has starred in a Premier League title-winning side this season – delivering 18 goals and 11 assists.

Rashford, meanwhile, has often found himself on the bench at Old Trafford, starting just 17 top-flight fixtures under Jose Mourinho.

The 20-year-old has still contributed a career-best 13 goals to the Red Devils cause, though, and Hoddle believes he should be the man to provide pace in Gareth Southgate’s attack at World Cup 2018.

The former England boss told ITV Sport: “I hope he plays with two up front. I’d love to see Rashford and [Harry] Kane. 

“Sterling’s done great for his club but 19 games without scoring a goal as your second striker or main striker for England and the positions he picks up there are completely different for City. 

“I would look at Rashford and Kane. That would scare the life out of any defence, those two. 

“In world football, not many centre-backs are used to playing with two up against them. 

“One with pace and one with strength and a bit of guile can do either. 

“They’re used to playing one striker and it’s the full-backs that push on and I think we could cause them a few problems. 

“Dele Alli would have to change his role a bit, he’s not going to be put in behind the one striker, he’d have to become that one of three in midfield and play slightly different but get in the box still.”

England are due to open their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18, before wrapping up their Group G endeavours with clashes against Panama and Belgium.

Southgate has revealed the 23-man squad he intends to take with him to Russia, with Sterling and Rashford joined in the Three Lions’ attacking ranks by Kane, Alli, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck, Jesse Lingard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.