Marcus Rashford is set to return to action for England on Sunday and could make his 73rd appearance in all competitions in the last 12 months.
The Manchester United forward linked up with the England squad in the North East this week, having been given a break following United’s defeat in the Europa League final to Villarreal in Gdansk.
Rashford scored in the 11-10 penalty shootout defeat but he had a poor night in the 120 minutes and has been struggling for form towards the end of the season.
The 23-year-old played through a shoulder problem earlier this season and has been struggling with a foot injury towards the end of the season, but Rashford has declared himself fit and available for Euro 2020.
He arrived at Rockliffe Park – England’s temporary base in the North East – earlier this week and is available to face Romania at the Riverside Stadium, along with club teammates Dean Henderson and Luke Shaw.
Rashford has been a regular for United since last season resumed in mid-June and he’s had a heavy workload over the last 12 months, but Gareth Southgate believes the break since the Europa League final has done him good.
“He looks very bright, I think he had value from the time off we were able to give him after the European final. That was, of course, a huge disappointment for him not to win the trophy,” said Southgate.
“For all of the players, the psychological freshness of having a short period off has been beneficial. He’s been able to move on from that moment and I think he’s enjoyed being in our environment again and he’s trained really well.”
Rashford’s club captain Harry Maguire won’t play against Romania today, but Southgate does expect him to be fit enough to play some part in the European Championship.
“With any injury it’s impossible to predict 100%, our medical team are pleased with his progress, particularly over the last couple of days, [but] we know there’s always that risk,” said Southgate.
“All of the guide is he should be available [during the tournament] and then it’s a case of when he can slot back in training with the group and how quickly we can progress him.
“There’s always that risk with any injury that you only need one minor setback and two or three days really affects those timelines, so I’m very realistic about that.
“We’ve picked a squad on the basis that if we didn’t have him we’ve got players who can come in and if he is available then that’s a bonus for us.”