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Marcus Rashford could match unwanted England record against Brazil and Belgium

Marcus Rashford could match unwanted England record against Brazil and Belgium

The Man Utd star could equal a record set by Jermain Defoe while playing for England.

Marcus Rashford has been included in the England squad for their friendly clashes against Brazil and Belgium - but will be wary of equalling an unwanted record if he features in both games.

The Manchester United attacker has 17 goals in 59 appearances for the Three Lions, after making his England debut in 2016 having burst onto the scene for United in the second half of the 2015/16 season.

This season with his club, Rashford has not hit the heights he managed in the 2022/23 campaign, which remain his best goalscoring season so far after finding the back of the net 30 times for Erik ten Hag's side in all competitions.

Goals have been harder to come by this season for the 26-year-old, who has managed only eight in the current campaign.

However, Rashford remains a regular for Gareth Southgate's England set-up and is part of an incredibly talented forward line.

This also includes Harry Kane, Ollie Watkins, Ivan Toney and Phil Foden, with Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish also to come back into the mix.

England have two games during the current international break, the final one during the season ahead of Euro 2024 in Germany.

The Three Lions host Brazil at Wembley on Saturday evening, before taking on Belgium on Tuesday in what will be Southgate's last chance to see his team in action before he selects his squad for this summer's tournament.

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Despite his ability and talent, Rashford has not always been a first-choice selection for Southgate during his time with England.

In fact, out his 59 caps so far for the Three Lions, 33 of these have come off the bench.

And should Rashford be used as a substitute against both Brazil and Belgium, he will equal the record for the most sub appearances for England.

That record is currently held by retired Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe, who won 57 England caps with 35 of those coming as a substitute.

In the top 10 for England substitute appearances, the only other player in the squad who comes close is Ajax midfielder Jordan Henderson, who has 81 England caps with 26 off the bench - placing him third on the all-time list.

Rashford and Henderson will no doubt be hoping for a starting place when England face Slovenia, Denmark and Serbia in Group C at Euro 2024 this summer.

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Topics: England, Marcus Rashford, Manchester United, Gareth Southgate, Brazil, Belgium