Marcus Rashford has admitted that his performances for England haven't been his best as he continues to suffer from a shoulder injury.
The Manchester United star suffered his injury after his side's Europa League final defeat to Villarreal in May, and the problem continues to persist. The 23-year-old had an impressive 2020-21 season, scoring 21 goals and providing 15 assists in 57 games across competitions.
“I am not performing at my best,” Rashford said via Sky Sports. “It has been going on since early on in the season. I managed to get through the season with United. I think I had 36 goal involvements so I can’t look back at the year and say: ‘Mmm, I should have taken time off to do this and do that.’ That’s just not the way I look at things. I just want to be available for every game.”
Pressed on whether he will undergo surgery on his shoulder, the United forward responded: “The doctors have not said yet. The reason I don’t know is that when the season was going, and before I came here, I knew there was no chance I was going to be getting the operation.
"I did not know how long the operation would put me out for. I never bothered to ask. When the tournament is finished I will ask.”
England take on Germany in the round of 16 of Euro 2020, and Rashford acknowledged the Three Lions will have to perform their best to get the better of Joachim Low's side. “We know to win the tournament we are going to have to beat the best teams,” said Rashford. "We have to bring the best version of us. We want to win the ‘England Way’ – show some good football, work hard for each other and score and create goals.
“We are being put in a position where we are blessed to be part of that history. Our main focus is to win the game, but if we do it gets put in history. That’s how great teams are remembered for many, many years. There is no point in fearing the past. You can’t go back and change it. What we can change is the result of the next game and put ourselves in the best possible position to win.”