Manchester United striker Rashford has been tipped to start Saturday's World
Cup qualifier against Malta as club and country team-mate Rooney struggles for
Lingard, who plays with the pair at Old Trafford, has been impressed by
Rashford's start to the season which has seen the 18-year-old net four goals in
nine United games.
He also scored a hat-trick on his England Under-21 debut when they beat
Norway 6-1 last month and has one goal in three senior caps.
Lingard said: "I haven't seen him fazed at all. He's got a love for the game
and every day he's got a ball at his feet.
"He's still young as well so I think things are coming together for him just
right at the moment, and hopefully he can carry it on.
superfly v black "Over the months he has matured a lot from making
his debut to now. He's gained a lot of experience at international level and in
the Premier League and other competitions.
"He's coming along nicely now but we can't forget he's only young – he's
still going to grow and he's still going to be get bigger. We'll have to wait
and see what he does after that.
obra cheap "I think it (scoring) would be massive for him. His
confidence is already high anyway but if he scored on Saturday that would make
him more confident.
"First and foremost we've got to win the game and we'll see what happens
after that. His confidence is getting better all the time – he scores in most of
the games he plays in, or he's had a hand in the goals.
"So he's contributing well for the club and hopefully he can carry that
hypervenom phontam Rashford is starting ahead of Rooney at Old
Trafford, although Rooney had kept the England armband after Gareth Southgate
replaced Sam Allardyce.
Rooney has just one goal in 11 games for club and country this season and has
been dropped by United boss Jose Mourinho but Lingard believes his influence and
quality should not be underestimated.
"I think that really because (of what he's achieved) no one can say anything
(bad) about him really," said the 23-year-old.
"He's been a top professional on and off the field for us and we look up to
him as well. He's determined to get back and hopefully he can do that.
"I think he's very determined (to win his place back). Even though he hasn't
been playing for the club, he's still supporting us and he's going to get back
into the fold.
legend v "He's remained captain here which is great and that will
be great for his confidence as well. I've known Wayne for a long time and he's
very determined to play. He's got a love for the game which hasn't left him.
"For the club he's a great leader for us – as young lads we can speak to him
whenever we want and he always helps the young lads, which is good. He's been
doing it now for a couple of years."
v black uk Lingard has scored in his last two appearances at
Wembley, netting the winner in United's 2-1 FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace
in May and the opener in their 2-1 Community Shield victory over Leicester in
England also go to Slovenia on Tuesday, and Lingard, who has played for
Southgate for the Under-21s, believes the interim boss can be a success as he
waits for a senior debut.
"I've played under the manager (Gareth Southgate) for many years and I know
what he's about and he knows what I can do," he said.
"He's very laid back and relaxed but as soon as you get on a football pitch,
he's determined to get the team right. It's up to Gareth to pick the team and
whoever impresses in training will play."