Jose Mourinho does not want Marcus Rashford to be selected for next year’s European Under-21 Championships if the Manchester United striker is a regular in the senior England squad.

The United manager was responding to stories that England’s governing Football Association were keen to include Premier League stars, such as Rashford, in their Under-21 squad for the tournament in Poland in June.

Mourinho has no problem with Rashford, who turns 19 on the last day of this month, being a part of that squad – but only if he has not established himself in the senior set-up.

“We are in mid-October, the Championships will be in the summer,” United manager Mourinho said Wednesday.

“I think we have to wait and see what happens until then. Because if the player becomes a regular in the ‘A’ national team, if you want to call it that, then to say it is important for his development (to be) with the Under-21s, makes no sense.”