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Peter Crouch: 'Marcus Rashford is so exciting'

Crouch: 'Marcus Rashford is so exciting'
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Former England forward Peter Crouch hopes that Marcus Rashford's "confidence hasn't been dented" following a frustrating season at Manchester United.

Former England forward Peter Crouch has said that he hopes Marcus Rashford's "confidence hasn't been dented" following a frustrating season at Manchester United.

Rashford scored 13 times in all competitions for United last term, but struggled for action in his favoured centre-forward position, and was criticised by Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho on a number of occasions.

The 20-year-old could miss England's 2018 World Cup opener against Tunisia on Monday with a knee injury, but is expected to be given opportunities to impress in Russia.

Crouch has said that the youngster "had a hard season", but the Stoke City forward is looking forward to watching him in action in this summer's competition.

"We can't forget he's only 20. He was playing up front for Manchester United at 18 so what he's achieved so far isn't really normal," Crouch told the Daily Mail.

"Jack Butland always comes back to Stoke after international games raving about the quality of his finishing. He's had a hard season and I just hope his confidence hasn't been dented.

"He is such an exciting player - the type who will get you out of your seat."

Rashford scored from a long-range effort in England's 2-0 win over Costa Rica last time out.


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