By Dominic Toner
Charlie Nicholas has revealed he would chose Marcus Rashford over Tottenham’s Harry Kane in England’s best starting XI against Scotland.
The two young strikers have both been included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming matches against Scotland and Spain.
Sky Sports pundit Nicholas has explained that he would select Manchester United’s youngster Rashford to lead the line for England in the World Cup qualifier with Scotland on Friday.
The 19-year-old has burst on to the scene in 2016 for club and country and has five senior international caps so far.
Kane, 23, would be the more senior option and has made 17 appearances for his country, but Nicholas feels that Rashford’s pace would be more damaging against Gordon Strachan’s side.
“Then in attack I’d pick Marcus Rashford,” Nicholas told Sky Sports. “Fair play to Harry Kane for putting that penalty away but he looked rusty against Arsenal and I think Rashford would cause more problems with the lack of pace in Scotland’s defence.”
Kane marked his return from injury on Sunday with a penalty goal in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal, proving to Southgate that he was available for selection to England.
The striker missed 10 games in all competitions after sustaining ankle ligament damage against Sunderland in September.
He made 50 appearances in the 2015/16 season in all competitions, scoring 28 goals and supplying two assists in Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side.
England team-mate Rashford made 22 senior appearances last campaign in his breakout year for United and scored an impressive nine goals in return.
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