Date: 24th March 2023 at 12:30pm
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England’s qualifying campaign for Euro 2024 got off to a flying start on Thursday as they beat Italy 2-1 in Naples. 

Declan Rice put The Three Lions ahead early on in Italy, before Harry Kane doubled their lead from the spot, in doing so becoming the nation’s record goal scorer.

Italy pulled one back in the second half, but Gareth Southgate’s side held on to ensure the perfect start to their qualifying campaign.

One player that was absent in Naples, however, was Marcus Rashford, who pulled out of the squad earlier this week due to injury.

The Manchester United player has been in sensational form for his club side in recent months, but it appears that his future at the club is a little uncertain.

As per The Sun, the forward is stalling over a new contract and is believed to be waiting until the club’s ownership has been resolved.

The club have reportedly been trying to tie the 25-year-old down to a new deal for some time now, but he has so far refused to sign a new deal amid ongoing uncertainty surrounding the ownership.

Rashford is stalling over a new contract

Current owners The Glazers are looking to sell the club, and a number of potential buyers have shown an interest.

Rashford scored three goals for England at the World Cup in Qatar last year and has since been in remarkable form.

The forward has netted eight times in 11 league games since the top flight returned following the World Cup, as well as scoring nine goals and providing five assists across the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League.

Despite his good form, the player will enter into the final 12 months of his current contract this summer and United will be desperate to ensure he signs a new deal.

United are said to be introducing a wage cap that will prevent any of their stars from earning more than £300,000-per-week.

Rashford currently earns a reported £200,000-per-week but has been offered a 50% increase on that, with the club proposing a five-year deal.

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