Rash­ford makes Eng­land squad

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — Three months ago, Mar­cus Rash­ford hadn’t even played a se­nior game in pro­fes­sional soc­cer. Now, the 18-year-old Manch­ester United for­ward is go­ing to the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship for Eng­land.

By in­clud­ing Rash­ford in his 23man squad on to­day, Eng­land coach Roy Hodg­son coun­tered crit­ics who ac­cuse him of be­ing a con­ser­va­tive coach. He can’t be ac­cused of just go­ing with the safe choices any more.

When Eng­land qual­i­fied for the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in Septem­ber, Rash­ford was still in the United acad­emy fac­ing a long and ar­du­ous path to the first team. He was only plucked from the youth ranks in Fe­bru­ary as a last re­sort dur­ing an in­jury cri­sis by now de­parted man­ager Louis van Gaal.

Two goals were scored on his de­but in a Europa League game against FC Midtjyl­land. It was no fluke. Three days later came an­other two in a win over Arse­nal.

At that time, Hodg­son was down­play­ing talk of Rash­ford forc­ing his way into Eng­land con­tention in time for Euro 2016. It seemed too fan­ci­ful.

Soon the case be­came just too tempt­ing, with Rash­ford hard to re­sist as an un­pre­dictable fresh burst of dy­namism in the squad.

By the time the sea­son ended, Rash­ford was an FA Cup win­ner and had scored eight goals in 17 ap­pear­ances for United. He also made Eng­land’s ini­tial 26-man pro­vi­sional squad.

Rash­ford is also off the mark in in­ter­na­tional soc­cer, tak­ing less than three min­utes of his de­but last week to find the net. At 18 years and 208 days, Rash­ford be­came the youngest player to score in his de­but for Eng­land when he volleyed in the opener in a 2-1 win over Aus­tralia in a friendly. It was enough to con­vince Hodg­son to take him to France among five for­ward op­tions along­side cap­tain Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Daniel Stur­ridge and Jamie Vardy. Winger An­dros Townsend and mid­fielder Danny Drinkwa­ter were cut, along with the in­jured Fabian Delph.

Eng­land opens its Euro 2016 cam­paign on June 11 against Rus­sia. Squad Goal­keep­ers: Joe Hart (Manch­ester City), Fraser Forster (Southamp­ton), Tom Heaton (Burn­ley)

De­fend­ers: Ryan Ber­trand (Southamp­ton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tot­ten­ham), Chris Smalling (Manch­ester United), John Stones (Ever­ton), Kyle Walker (Tot­ten­ham)

Mid­field­ers: Dele Alli (Tot­ten­ham), Ross Barkley (Ever­ton), Eric Dier (Tot­ten­ham), Jor­dan Hen­der­son (Liverpool), Adam Lal­lana (Liverpool), James Mil­ner (Liverpool), Ra­heem Ster­ling (Manch­ester City), Jack Wil­shere (Arse­nal)

For­wards: Harry Kane (Tot­ten­ham), Mar­cus Rash­ford (Manch­ester United), Wayne Rooney (Manch­ester United), Daniel Stur­ridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Le­ices­ter). — Daily Ex­press CAPE TOWN — Fol­low­ing a re­view of their failed World T20 cam­paign in In­dia, the Zim­babwe Cricket Board have axed coach Dav What­more and have roped in former South Africa all rounder Lance Klusener as a bat­ting coach.

What­more has had his con­tract ter­mi­nated with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. Bowl­ing coach Makhaya Ntini has taken over in an act­ing ca­pac­ity un­til the ap­point­ment of a sub­stan­tive head coach.

To strengthen the side’s tech­ni­cal set-up, the board has ap­pointed Klusener as bat­ting coach for two years, with ef­fect from the 5th of June 2016.

The board has also re­struc­tured Cape Town — Kaizer Chiefs con­firmed the names of the play­ers that will be re­leased by the club dur­ing the off sea­son.

Ac­cord­ing to the club’s web­site, Siyanda Xulu is on the trans­fer list while sea­soned cam­paign­ers Mor­gan Gould and Si­bon­iso Gaxa’s con­tracts will ex­pire at the end of June and will not be re­newed.

Amakhosi have al­ready con­firmed the moves for mid­fielder Reneilwe Let­sholonyane and goal­keeper Reyaad Pi­eterse. Let­sholonyane has since joined Su­per­sport United. Mean­while, Kee­gan Ritchie, mean­while will join Su­per­sport United in a swap with Sibu­siso Khu­malo. Strik­ers Ed­ward Man­qele, Bon­gani Ndu­l­ula and Siphelele Mthembu have been listed for a trans­fer with David Zulu ex­tend­ing his loan agree­ment at Chippa United for an­other sea­son. the na­tional se­lec­tion panel, to com­prise the con­vener, the se­nior men’s na­tional team head coach and his as­sis­tant.

Former na­tional cap­tain Ta­tenda Taibu has been ap­pointed the new con­vener. He will have ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in de­vel­op­ment and high per­for­mance, and will also as­sist ZC in bring­ing former Zim­babwe play­ers back into lo­cal cricket.

Fol­low­ing the re­view, the board has also re­lieved Zim­babwe toporder bats­man Hamil­ton Masakadza of the cap­taincy for all three for­mats of the game. His deputy, Graeme Cre­mer, will act in the in­terim.

Ugandan play­ers, Ivan Bukenya and Sula Ma­tovu, were also put on trans­fer while Zim­bab­wean mid­fielder Ovidy Karuru’s con­tract has been ter­mi­nated.

The fol­low­ing is a com­plete list of play­ers leav­ing the club:

CON­TRACT NOT RE­NEWED: Mor­gan Gould, Si­bon­iso Gaxa, Reneilwe Let­sholonyane Reyaad Pi­eterse.

RE­LEASED FROM CON­TRACT: Philani Cele, Ovidy Karuru, Levy Mok­gothu, Simphiwe Mtsweni, Shan­dukani Mulovhedzi, Chris Matombo, Zitha Macheke.

TRANS­FER-LISTED: Siyanda Xulu, Bon­gani Ndu­l­ula, Ed­ward Man­qele, Siphelele Mthembu Sula Ma­tovu, Ivan Bukenya.

ON LOAN: David Zulu (Chippa United), An­disiwe Mt­sila. — Sport24.com

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