Southgate: Man Utd striker Rashford NOT a natural No9

Southgate: Man Utd striker Rashford NOT a natural No9

For Sterling, it was his eighth goal in his last eight appearances for England, as the Man City man continues his red-hot scoring form.

Since then, although, he has predominantly been deployed as an inside ahead on the left-wing and the truth that his highest goal tally throughout a season stands at 13 demonstrates that his strike-rate has slowed since his breakthrough.

Jesse Lingard is yet to score or assist this season for Man United but we believe he will once again be named in the first XI when United take on Leicester City right after the worldwide break.

But Southgate has admitted he's still unsure on where to play Rashford.

Not every heavyweight has enjoyed that level of comfort, with Netherlands and Italy missing last year's World Cup in Russian Federation, but the Three Lions boss feels such shocks will become a thing of the past.

"They're as exciting as anything", said Southgate.

"Numerous his improvement at United was as a 'wide raider" and I believe he isn't as sturdy as Harry together with his again to goal and holding play up, so if he performs as a 9, he'll play it otherwise to Harry, however a number of his finest work is in that inside-left channel coming in off the road.

"I don't think so", he added.

"We've got Sancho and [Chelsea youngster] Callum Hudson-Odoi who are going to push - and really push".

Subscribe to Squawka's Youtube channel here. I think he can threaten teams in behind more. Sometimes he wants to come to the ball [when] I'd be happy with that as a defender.

"I will see tomorrow because with Kosovo we are young, we are a young federation, never have we played against such an opponent".

I also tipped Harry Kane to score first against Bulgaria and after his hat-trick hero show he'll be super confident and is 21-10 with bet365 to break the deadlock and the same price at Ladbrokes to score two more.

And Southgate has been full of praise for his forward line, also highlighting the attacking depth now at his disposal.

"When he opens his legs and he runs in behind defences I think that's the last place they want to be". They have great humility.

"We are Kosovo and we are here against one of the best teams in the world, in my opinion - the best team in the world", he said. Very often you work with the team and it's easy to find what they can't do well.

"I remember going to Spain [in October 2018] and thinking: 'Well, a really tough game.' But, actually, you look at our front three and their front three on the night and I felt that we were strong".

England are expected to maintain their flawless start to Euro 2020 qualifying when they face Kosovo, the world's 120th-ranked team, at St Mary's on Tuesday.

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