If Marcus Rashford is producing the finest form of his career, there remains an element of uncertainty surrounding his best position for both country and club. The improving forward, within the potent front three he is regularly forming for Manchester United alongside Anthony Martial and Daniel James, had scored 16 goals in all competitions in 2019/20 by the turn of the year, but if his nominal starting position is on the left of that front three, it is often in more central areas that he produces his most consistent threat. Continuing to inspire such a level from Rashford will likely do much to determine whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer proves a long-term success; the uncertainty surrounding Harry Kane’s potential availability for the coming European Championship could also make him even more important for Gareth Southgate and England.
“If Rashford isn’t careful then, sooner rather than later, he is going to find himself cast as the modern-day Theo Walcott,” former England international Stan Collymore recently, and perhaps harsly, said. “Someone who isn’t seen as an out-and-out winger or straight-up number nine but a Jack of all trades as a forward and a master of none. That’s why now is the perfect time for him to decide whether that’s the way he wants to go.”