Rashford makes England squad
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