Why Gareth Southgate Risks Upsetting Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in Manchester, March 4. Mourinho does not want Marcus Rashford playing for both the England first-team and Under-21s. OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty

England manager Gareth Southgate will reportedly select Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford for next week’s internationals against Germany and Lithuania, risking confrontation with Jose Mourinho.

According to The Times, England’s shortage of attacking options — Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane are out injured — will see Southgate bring the 19-year-old into the first-team.

The England manager is also keen for Rashford to play a key role in Aidy Boothroyd’s Under-21 squad at the European Championships in Poland this summer.

But such a great amount of football for the youngster is a worry for United boss Mourinho, who has already voiced his concern over the proposed schedule.

“If he becomes a regular in the ‘A’ national team and established, then to say it is important for his development with the Under-21s makes no sense,” Mourinho said last year.