Harry Maguire believes Marcus Rashford has proved once and for all he belongs on the biggest stage of all.
Rashford spent 16 months in the international wilderness with England following a host of injuries and loss of form. But the England and Manchester United ace has bounced back with a bang to score three World Cup goals at Qatar 2022 and help fire Gareth Southgate's men into the knockout stages.
Rashford netted twice in the 3-0 win over Wales as England won Group B to set up a last 16 showdown with Senegal on Sunday. He is now in with a chance of going on to win the Golden Boot should the Three Lions go deep in the tournament.
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And Maguire reckons his team-mate for club and country deserves to see his name up in lights alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe.
Maguire said: "I am really pleased for Marcus. For the last year or so he has been in and out of the England team and set up. Throughout a long career, you will always have ups and downs and it is all about how you bounce back when you are out of form.
"He has kept working hard and done that tirelessly. I can't speak highly enough of Marcus. He is a wonderful man and a great player and he's showed he belongs on this stage.
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"He showed he belongs on this stage. When he gets that opportunity with the confidence that he has, he is a threat to anyone."
Maguire admits he has become close friends with Rashford and tried to help him through the tough times. He added: "I speak to him a lot and I try to give him as much belief as I can.
"But listen, Marcus is a fantastic player who has had a great career up until now. I think this last year has been difficult for him, but all good players rise to the top again. I am close to Marcus, a good mate of his on and off the field, the main thing was trying to get the belief back in his game.
"Marcus is a fantastic talent and you see it day in day out when you train with him. It was only a matter of time until he got his confidence and form back.
"A career is a long time, over 15 years, there will be a lot of ups and downs. You've got to bounce back if you want to be successful and he's done that."
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