Merson explains what Rashford is missing that Lukaku has got
Marcus Rashford’s recent displays for Manchester United and England have proven that he isn’t a natural goalscorer, according to Paul Merson.
The forward was wasteful in front of goal in England’s 0-0 UEFA Nations League draw in Croatia on Friday night, but he has scored the Three Lions’ only two goals in their three games since the World Cup – netting against Spain and Switzerland.
He is set to feature again as Gareth Southgate’s side go to Betis to face the Spanish on Monday evening, but pundit Merson says he needs to improve in front of goal for both club and country.
"I don’t think he’s a gifted finisher, he’s not a natural goalscorer," the former Arsenal and England man told Sky Sports .
"People will say he scored three in three for England before the Croatia game, but he’s not a natural goalscorer.
"When you’re playing for a top club, and playing for England, you need to be putting chances away. You look at Romelu Lukaku scoring two the other night for Belgium (in a 2-1 Nations League win over Switzerland) – he’s a goalscorer.
"There was a header against Newcastle from six yards out, he put it wide, and the chances in Croatia the other night, you can’t play up front for one of the biggest clubs in the world and miss chances like that.
"You need to be putting them away to play up front for Manchester United ."
Rashford scored on his England debut in a friendly against Australia shortly before Euro 2016, but has netted just four times in the 27 appearances for his country that have followed.
His international goalscoring record features in a worrying trend of England’s attacking players who are failing to find the net for their country.
Raheem Sterling has just two goals for England in 45 appearances, while there are just 15 senior international goals in the current squad if you discount Harry Kane’s 19, although he hasn’t scored for England in six games.
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