Jose Mourinho doesn’t believe Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw should be in England’s starting XI to start Euro 2020.
The former United boss has been embroiled in media controversies surrounding the two players in the past.
Mourinho believes Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell is a better option than Shaw at England left-back, who opens his campaign against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday in a World Cup semi-final rematch .
This is despite the fact that Shaw has had a fantastic season for United, who recently named him the club’s player of the year.
“I wouldn’t think twice, I would go with Chilwell,” Mourinho told talkSPORT.
“I know he plays normally with Chelsea in a five, but he’s smart, he covers space and diagonals very well inside, he’s dangerous on offense, he’s good in the air and good on shots set foot.
“He can defend well the possible long accumulation of Croatia in the first phase. He is very calm under pressure. I really like Chilwell.
“[Shaw] had a good season and clearly an evolution in terms of emotion, professionalism. But Chilwell has something more, especially with the ball, his way of thinking.
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The new Roma boss also believes Rashford’s only position option is to play to the left of the attack, where he would prefer to line up with Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.
Mourinho believes Grealish is an “untouchable” selection and has compared his game to that of Real Madrid greats Luis Figo.
United target Jadon Sancho was not part of Mourinho’s squad, which includes Manchester City star Phil Foden and Harry Kane, who thrived under his leadership at Tottenham.
Rashford scored against Romania in the friendly 1-0 victory last week, but Mourinho said: “Harry Kane is untouchable, Jack Grealish is untouchable and the best position for Grealish is from the left.
“For me, Marcus Rashford can only play there. When he plays to the right, he is completely lost.
“He’s dynamic but totally broken right. He is very good on left offensive spaces. But Grealish, to me, is great.
“What he creates and his personality – ‘give me the ball’ – he reminds me a bit of Luis Figo.
“I don’t like to make comparisons, especially with a Ballon d’Or winner, but Grealish reminds me of my Figo.
“Figo, I had him at different times in my career but I had him in his last season as a player at Inter Milan and even in his last season he was like: ‘Give me the ball and I will solve the problems for you “.
“The way Grealish gets the ball and attacks people, fouls, gets penalties, he’s very powerful, I like him a lot.
“So I would say Grealish on the left, Mason Mount as number 10 and because I like the wingers to come in, I would play Phil Foden on the right.”
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One United player who would be part of Mourinho’s starting squad, however, is goalkeeper Dean Henderson, whom he would replace with Jordan Pickford.
“I’m a Henderson fan,” Mourinho said. “When I was at United he was a kid and I tell this story because it shows his nature.
“He came to my office to ask for a loan, he went to Shrewsbury, but then this kid said to me, ‘When I come back I want to be number one.’
“We looked at each other because we had [David] de Gea and this kid have never played a single game, but he’s had an incredible development.
“The loans have all been very successful. The way United organized them, I think United has been great for him and he has done it for himself.
“He has that arrogance in him, that confidence and that conviction that I think an English goalkeeper needs.”
Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips were Mourinho’s two central midfielders.
Mourinho, however, would like to see Jude Bellingham play alongside Rice as the tournament progresses, describing Borussia Dortmund’s prospect as “perfect” for such a role.
Kyle Walker, Tyrone Mings and John Stones made up the rest of his four fullbacks alongside Chilwell.
England, who are in Group D, will also face Scotland on June 18 and the Czech Republic on June 22.