Southgate on Rashford development

English Premier League

Rashford, 20, scored against both Spain and Switzerland as a central striker during the international break but has yet to be afforded the chance in the role at club level.

Both Alan Shearer and Jamie Carragher have suggested that the United starlet should opt to find regular game time in his preferred position elsewhere and Southgate has since shed his opinion on the matter.

"We really wanted to make Marcus feel important over this period," said Southgate, as quoted by BBC Football. "His confidence will be boosted I'm sure, with two goals against top-quality opposition."

Back at Old Trafford, the 20-year-old will once again be vying for selection with Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial but Southgate takes a pragmatic view of his situation.

"It's not my business to interfere with club managers," Southgate said.

"They have a difficult job to do and they have big squads at the top six, with huge competition for places.

"Jose thinks the world of Marcus. He's a huge admirer of him, but he has got his job to do. There is huge competition for places at his club so you can understand that.

"I understand the difficulties that club managers have. They have to try and win matches. They have to rotate their squads."