Declan Rice backs Marcus Rashford to win the 2022 World Cup Golden Boot award

Declan Rice backs Marcus Rashford to win the 2022 World Cup Golden Boot award

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has backed Manchester United star Marcus Rashford to win the 2022 Qatar World Cup Golden Boot Award.

Rashford goes joint top in the top goalscorer list after scoring twice as England beat Wales 3-0 last on Tuesday night in the group stage.

The Manchester United forward is at the top of the list with three goals and but has pressure from Ecuador forward Enner Valencia and France striker Kylian Mbappe who both have the same number of goals [3] as the Man United forward.

It’s fair to point out that Marcus Rashford isn’t a regular starter in the England team under Gareth Southgate, as he came off the bench twice against Iran and the USA but yet, still managed to get a goal against Iran.

The 25-year-old started against Wales and scored a brace in the second half. The Golden Boot race is on and he’s very much in it, thanks to his current top form.

Although he’s not a regular starter in the sight of Gareth Southgate and it remains unclear if he would maintain his starting role against Senegal in the round of 16, Declan Rice still believes the Man United no.10 is capable of finishing the competition as the top goalscorer.

It’s a huge claim from the West Ham United midfielder, given the number of quality players including football legends Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo challenging for the award.

Marcus Rashford Manchester United England Declan Rice 2022 Qatar World Cup Golden Boot

Speaking ahead of England’s knockout game against Senegal, Rice said: “Marcus [Rashford] is one of the standout people, I was so surprised by it. I know he had a tough year last year and now seeing him on the biggest stage, it’s making him and the team happy.

“The Golden Boot? There’s no reason why he can’t.

“When I came to the England team I said Marcus [Rashford] was one that stood out. He’s just lightning quick, his speed, his goal scoring, the way he hits a ball is really special, his technical quality.

“I know he [Rashford] had a tough year last year, but no one ever doubted his qualities, and now to see him come back to this level makes me really happy and I know that makes the team happy too.”

England skipper Harry Kane won the 2018 Russia World Cup Golden Boot after scoring six goals as the Three Lions finished the competition as the 4th best team behind France, Croatia and Belgium.

Rashford will look to score past six goals in Qatar to actually stand a chance to fight off the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe and others.

Enner Valencia is obviously out of the race after Ecuador failed to qualify from the group stage. They finished 3rd behind the Netherlands and Senegal in Group A.