Gareth Southgate Warns Marcus Rashford After Belfast Incident: ‘We’re Monitoring Everything’

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Marcus Rashford has been warned by England boss Gareth Southgate to be on his best behaviour in the run-up to Euro 2024.

The Manchester United striker, 26, was fined £650,000 – two weeks’ wages – by Erik ten Hag for missing training after his Belfast bender last month.

Southgate has consistently picked Rashford throughout his tenure.

And Southgate defended Rashford after he was criticised over a New York holiday after withdrawing from England squad last month.

But there was a clear message from the England boss that he will be watching all of his players in the next few months.

Marcus Rashford was fined £650,000 for missing training after his Belfast bender last month

England boss Gareth Southgate has consistently picked Rashford throughout his tenure

England boss Gareth Southgate has consistently picked Rashford throughout his tenure

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Southgate said: ‘We’re five weeks away from picking a squad. So much happens to players over the period between November and March that we’re always sitting and observing everything on and off the pitch.

‘In a few weeks’ time we’ll have decisions to make on the whole squad and there’s going to be a lot of attention on that because it’s the final squad before the Euros.’

Southgate has not yet spoken to Rashford over his back-to-back nights out partying in Northern Ireland.

The Three Lions boss added: ‘I haven’t spoken to many of our players at all since December. I’ve let them get on with their club football.

‘Generally they are back from their clubs and it’s not for me to interfere.’

While Southgate is keeping tabs on Rashford, the England chief is also watching United team-mate Kobbie Mainoo.

Southgate is also keeping tabs on Man United's teenage midfielder Kobbie Mainoo

Southgate is also keeping tabs on Man United’s teenage midfielder Kobbie Mainoo

The 18-year-old midfielder has impressed for the Red Devils in a breakthrough season and Southgate says he is already in his long-term thinking.

Southgate said: ‘He’s doing brilliantly for a young player and had an excellent start for United.

‘I’m not certain he’s necessarily going to be a defensive midfielder, as such

‘He’s quite a progressive player. But he’s had a fabulous start to his career and it will be good to monitor him as we go forward.’

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