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'England should not start Rashford or Shaw'

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London: Jose Mourinho does not think Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw should be in England's starting XI to begin Euro 2020.


The former United boss has been involved in media controversies around both players in the past.


Mourinho feels Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell is a better option than Shaw at left-back for England, who open their campaign against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday in a World Cup semifinal rematch.


That is despite Shaw having a fantastic season for United, which saw him recently named the Players' Player of the Year at the club.


"I wouldn't think twice, I'd go with Chilwell," Mourinho told talkSPORT.


"I know that he plays normally with Chelsea in a five, but he is intelligent, he covers the space and the diagonals inside very well, he's dangerous in attack, he's good in the air and good on set pieces.


"[Shaw] had a good season and clearly an evolution in terms of emotion, professionalism. But Chilwell has something more, especially with the ball, the way he thinks."


The new Roma boss also feels Rashford's only positional option is to play on the left of attack, where he would prefer to line up with Aston Villa's Jack Grealish.


Mourinho believes Grealish is an "untouchable" selection and compared his play to that of Real Madrid great Luis Figo.


United target Jadon Sancho was not in Mourinho's team, which does include Manchester City star Phil Foden and Harry Kane, who thrived under his management at Tottenham.


Rashford scored against Romania in the 1-0 friendly win last week but Mourinho said: "Harry Kane is untouchable, Jack Grealish is untouchable and the best position for Grealish is coming in from the left.


"For me, Marcus Rashford can only play there. When he plays on the right, he is completely lost." -- dpa


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