England are in need of extra depth in attack and the 20-year-old attacker is the ideal man to step in and chip in with goals, the midfielder says
Marcus Rashford will continue to grow into a key member of the England team, Jordan Henderson says.
The 20-year-old attacker scored the third goal of his international career as he gave England an early lead against Spain in their UEFA Nations League game at Wembley.
The Manchester United player returned to the starting XI after Jamie Vardy announced his retirement from the Three Lions, while Raheem Sterling pulled out through injury.
But Rashford proved to manager Gareth Southgate that he can add extra firepower to his side despite their 2-1 defeat.
“We all know how talented Marcus is,” Henderson told Sky Sports.
“His was a great finish. He had another one or two chances that maybe he would have liked to have scored but I thought he looked sharp.
“He was lively and he’s always a threat on the counter-attack. He’s a fantastic young player so he just needs to keep learning, keep improving. He’s a big part of our team.
“We have got plenty of other good strikers like Rashford. [Danny Welbeck] came on and he’s been doing fantastically well in training, so hopefully it gives them an opportunity now.”
Although England lost their first game since finishing fourth at the World Cup in the summer, they have a chance to bounce back on Tuesday when they face Switzerland, and Liverpool star Henderson is not worried about the future.
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“We still feel confident, but we still feel like we are learning. You want to play against the best teams and the best players to learn from the experiences,” he said.
“It is very powerful to go out when the atmosphere is brilliant so we have to keep putting performances in to keep that spirit there. We have to keep working hard.
“There’s still a long way to where we want to get to, but there are still positives to take even though we are disappointed with the final result.”