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‘He can go to the moon for anything I want’


Marcus Rashford was told to ignore the backlash from his trip to New York by Jamie O’Hara and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

The two talkSPORT hosts were for once in complete agreement as they debated whether or not the Manchester United star should have stayed at home.

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Rashford took the hit this weekend at Old Trafford

Rashford retired from international duties with England this week after suffering an injury last week against Fulham in the FA Cup.

But not everyone was impressed with his decision to fly to the United States a few days later as the Three Lions took on Italy.

However, Agbonlahor and O’Hara defended the 25-year-old and told him to take advantage of his short break before the end of the season.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Agbonlahor said: “He can go to the moon, for whatever I care about.

“He’s played 44 games all season, if he can take a break why not?”

O’Hara replied, “I can’t believe people are trying to dig him up [for having a break].


Rashford posed with his girlfriend in front of the famous fountain in New York's Central Park

Instagram: @MarcusRashford

Rashford posed with his girlfriend in front of the famous fountain in New York’s Central Park

Rashford retired from international duty this week

Instagram: @MarcusRashford

Rashford retired from international duty this week

“If he’s not fit to play now for England, you can’t expect him to sit inside and do nothing, sit and watch England.

“He wants to escape, to take a break. He plays every week.

“They play every three and a half days, Manchester United.”

Agbonlahor added: “It’s also a chance for the player to take a little break.

“It’s going to be a difficult end to the season, a lot of games. Let him go and take a break.

Meanwhile, England boss Gareth Southgate has had his say on the matter, whose team will face Ukraine on Sunday.

Southgate admitted a slight hint of disappointment

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Southgate admitted a slight hint of disappointment

The Three Lions manager hinted at some frustration after admitting Rashford couldn’t be missing from his squad – as he isn’t available enough.

“Well, the feeling was he was playing very well, but we didn’t get him that often,” he said.

“So in terms of a loss, when you haven’t had him that often, it’s different from being a loss. But definitely he was in good shape. We were looking forward to seeing him.”



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