Southgate gaffe highlighted earlier than Euros opener as England ‘drawback’ surfaces

An ex-Manchester United ace believes Gareth Southgate was wrong to omit Marcus Rashford from England‘s Euro 2024 squad.

The 26-year-old forward was axed from the Three Lions lineup for the tournament after a less-than-stellar season at his club, reports the Mirror.

But Zoran Tosic, the former Serbian international who had a brief stint with United, reckons Rashford’s absence is a stroke of luck for his home country as they gear up to face England on Sunday night (June 16).

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Tosic, who only made a handful of appearances for United between 2008 and 2010, has donned the Serbian jersey 76 times. Despite England being pegged as one of the hot favourites for the tournament, he highlighted several chinks in their armour ahead of the big event.

Chatting with OLBG, the 37-year-old – who is currently with Greek outfit Lamia – said: “The problem with England is that they have so many options for attacking players, so many good wingers and strikers, so you need to leave somebody out.

Zoran Tosic playing for Serbia
Zoran Tosic said Marcus Rashford’s England omission is a good omen for Serbia on Sunday (June 16)

“Marcus Rashford has been left out, but he’s a player who can change the game with one move. I would like to see him in any England squad. The CSKA Moscow stalwart stressed that even when Rashford isn’t at his best, he’s still a force to be reckoned with and stands out in the global football arena.

“I think even if he is not in the best mood and even if he doesn’t have the best season, he has speed, he has fantastic finishing, fantastic cooperation with the teammates,” he commented, continuing: “There are not a lot of players like him, not even in England, in the world with that pace and that quality. So for us it’s good that he is not in the squad.”

Marcus Rashford has been left out of Gareth Southgate's Euro 2024 squad
The 26-year-old endured a disappointing season for Manchester United

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Southgate has a string of decisions to ponder concerning his first team selection regarding Euro 2024 particularly in midfield. It is generally anticipated that Liverpool ace Trent Alexander-Arnold will command the centre of the park, a brave step designed to maximise England’s offensive capabilities.