Marcus Rashford has withdrawn from the England squad for the March international break due to injury.
The Man Utd star has been in outstanding form since the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, scoring 19 goals since the tournament in November and December.
However, the Three Lions will have to do without their most in-form player for their Euro 2024 qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine on March 23 and 27 after he suffered an injury in Man Utd’s FA Cup quarter-final win over Fulham on Sunday.
A club statement on the injury read: “Marcus Rashford has been forced to withdraw from the England squad.
“The Manchester United forward sustained a knock during the 3-1 victory over Fulham in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford on Sunday.
“Our no.10 required treatment after being hurt in the build-up to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s opener for the visitors and was later withdrawn in the 83rd minute, with Fred taking his place.”
Rashford has joined Nick Pope and Mason Mount with his withdrawal from Gareth Southgate’s squad, and while Fraser Forster has been called up to replace Pope, the England manager does not intend to replace Rashford or Mount with additional players.
Southgate’s forward options for the upcoming games are: Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, James Maddison, Bukayo Saka and Ivan Toney.