Rashford’s Brother Takes Aim at Southgate After England’s Draw

Rashford’s Brother Takes Aim at Southgate After England’s Draw

Marcus Rashford’s brother and agent has taken to social media to aim a thinly-veiled dig at Gareth Southgate, moments after England’s insipid draw with Denmark.

The Three Lions struggled to impose themselves in their second Group C outing in Germany after Harry Kane’s opener in Frankfurt was cancelled out by a long-range stunner from Morten Hjulmand.

England’s attacking stars also failed to live up to their billing, with Kane, Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden all restricted to half-chances at best throughout the game.

While Southgate has plenty of options in attack at his disposal, his omissions before the tournament made headlines with the likes of James Maddison, Jack Grealish and Rashford all left at home.

And now Rashford’s brother, Dwaine Maynard, has posted on Instagram that he believes ‘his man’ could’ve been the one to get England over the line on Thursday.

Maynard appears to have cryptically claimed that Rashford could have 'made the difference' for England against Denmark

Marcus Rashford’s brother and agent, Dwaine Maynard, took to social media to aim a thinly-veiled dig at Gareth Southgate, moments after England’s insipid draw with Denmark 

Southgate's Three Lions struggled in their 1-1 draw with Denmark in Frankfurt on Thursday

Southgate’s Three Lions struggled in their 1-1 draw with Denmark in Frankfurt on Thursday

Maynard posted on his Instagram story: ‘It’s hard to sit and watch when you honestly believe your man could make a difference!’

Prior to Euro 2024, Rashford has represented England at every major tournament since his international debut in 2016.

But after a rocky and inconsistent campaign, Southgate decided against calling up Rashford to his 26-man provisional squad – a decision that was backed by Rashford’s current manager at Manchester United, Erik ten Hag.

In a rather surprise and frank interview earlier this week, Ten Hag revealed that he was not surprised to see Rashford left out of England’s Euro 2024 squad.

In an interview on Dutch TV channel NOS, Ten Hag said: ‘Grealish and Rashford were both lacking this season.

Southgate decided against bringing Rashford to the Euros after a inconsistent club campaign

Southgate decided against bringing Rashford to the Euros after a inconsistent club campaign

The Man United boss insisted he understood Southgate's decision not to include his player

The Man United boss insisted he understood Southgate’s decision not to include his player

The 26-year-old endured a difficult season at Old Trafford, and made headlines in January after missing training following a 12-hour drinking session in Belfast

The 26-year-old endured a difficult season at Old Trafford, and made headlines in January after missing training following a 12-hour drinking session in Belfast

‘And when you are lacking, you risk not getting picked for your country.’

Timeline of Marcus Rashford’s trip to Belfast and the fallout

Wednesday, January 24

9.55am Rashford arrives for training with Manchester United in the morning.

4.21pm In the afternoon he leaves Manchester on a private jet bound for Belfast. 

5.17pm On arriving in the Northern Irish capital he checks in at the Fitzwilliam Hotel. The footballer and his entourage then go to the Dirty Onion pub and Lavery’s bar. 

Thursday, January 25

1.06pm The footballer is pictured  visiting Larne FC, where his friend Ro-Shaun Williams has just signed.

2pm He goes to an Italian restaurant with his entourage and two women, where he meets Sarah Adair.

4.30pm The group leave the restaurant in the afternoon, before going to Villa Italia in the evening. 

Friday, January 26

12.30am Rashford and his group go to Thompson’s Garage nightclub.

2am The group leave and head back to the Fitzwilliam Hotel. Sources close to the player insist this was at 1.15am.

2.50am Rashford passes out fully clothed in his hotel room.

5am The footballer and his minders leave the hotel.

7am They board a private jet at Belfast airport.

8am Rashford touches down in Manchester and calls in sick for training.

Sunday, January 28

The striker is dropped for Manchester United’s FA Cup match away at Newport County. Manager Erik Ten Hag vows to deal with the ‘internal matter’.

Monday, January 29

8.45am Rashford arrives at training with his agent brother Dwaine Maynard, where he has talks with Ten Hag and football director John Murtough.

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The nadir of Rashford’s season came in January when he missed training before an FA Cup tie against Newport County.

Rashford had arrived in the Northern Irish capital on a private jet from Manchester, before checking into the five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel and heading out to the Dirty Onion pub and Lavery’s bar, it’s claimed.

The next day, after visiting Larne FC – who his friend Ro-Shaun Williams had just signed for – the 26-year-old went to an Italian restaurant where it’s claimed he didn’t touch his food but instead focused on shots of tequila and cocktails.

A source close to Rashford told The Sun at the time he left the club at 1:15am.

However, Sarah Aadir, a waitress who he had invited out with the group, said they stayed out until close to 2am before his security decided to take him back to his hotel.

After she had agreed to join him, Rashford asked Adair whether she knew any nightclubs that would remain open beyond 3am if he paid them enough money.

‘That made it clear to me that he had already made his mind up that he wasn’t going to training on Friday. He had no plans to go home that night,’ she said.

When they got returned to the Fitzwilliam Hotel, where Rashford was staying in the £1,500-a-night residence suite, Adair claimed she had to put him to bed.

Adair told The Sun: ‘He was so drunk at this point.

‘Then he falls back into the wall and I have to kind of scoop him up and onto the bed.

‘He was fully dressed and I reckon he just passed out like that. He didn’t even get under the covers.’

She awoke at 9:30am on Friday to find out Rashford had left four-and-a-half hours earlier.

He landed back in Manchester at 8am, but did not train that day after phoning in sick. 

A source close to Rashford told the Sun that he had less than £1,000 in cash on him, adding: ‘Marcus accepts his standards have fallen well short of what is expected.’ 

Ten Hag stuck by the 26-year-old after the incident, leaving him out against Newport before returning him to the starting lineup against Wolves just days later.

Despite the show of faith Rashford continued to falter in front of goal, netting just four league goals after the turn of the year as United slumped to their worst-ever Premier League finish.

Ten Hag also tipped England to go all the way in Germany ahead of their draw with Denmark, noting the strength in attacking talent available to Southgate.

Rashford was left out of United's FA Cup win over Newport before returning to the starting XI for a clash with Wolves days after the incident

Rashford was left out of United’s FA Cup win over Newport before returning to the starting XI for a clash with Wolves days after the incident

‘England has a fantastic squad, they are favorites for a reason. They have the best midfield of all countries in the Euros. 

‘They’ve got Harry Kane as their striker. On the wings they have incredible amount of quality.’

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