Date: 25th September 2022 at 12:48pm
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England face their final game of the current Nations League season on Monday as they host Germany at Wembley hoping to avoid a winless campaign. 

Gareth Southgate’s side have so far lost twice to Hungary and once to Italy, as well as drawing with the Italians and Germany over the summer.

That leaves The Three Lions bottom of League A Group 3, meaning they will be relegated to League B for the next campaign.

One player that England have been without of late is Marcus Rashford, who wasn’t named in the squad last week.

The Manchester United forward has been suffering from an injury but it isn’t known whether or not the player would have been included in the squad if fully fit.

Now, the forward faces a battle to prove to Southgate that he is worthy of a place in his World Cup squad.

For United, the Englishman has started the new season in fine form, scoring three goals and providing two assists in six league matches, and it appears that those in charge of the club have taken note.

As reported by The Daily Star on Sunday, United are hoping to tie the player down to a new long-term contract but, if he refuses to commit to the club, they will activate a clause in his current deal.

Rashford scored a double against Arsenal earlier this month

Rashford, 24, is set to be out of contract next summer and, despite United’s best efforts, the player is yet to sign a new deal.

The club have been working to agree an extension, the report states, but if one cannot be agreed then The Red Devils will trigger a 12-month extension option that is part of his current contract.

It is suggested that there is a degree of fear around the club that Rashford may refuse to agree to a new deal even if he is forced to stay at Old Trafford for another season.

The England international has reportedly attracted attention from several clubs around Europe, and he was linked with a surprise move to Paris Saint-Germain over the summer.

Despite still being only 24, Rashford has already made more than 300 appearances for his boyhood club, scoring 96 goals and registering 60 assists in that time.

He has also been part of the England squads for each of the past three major tournaments.

Talks between Rashford’s representatives and the club are believed to be ongoing but United are considering activating the clause to give themselves more time to negotiate a deal.

It is said that United are intent on persuading Rashford to sign a new five-year deal.

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