Rash­ford makes Hodg­son’s fi­nal choice even tougher

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Mar­cus Rash­ford may have laid claim to a place at Euro 2016 within just three min­utes of a re­mark­able de­but, but Eng­land man­ager Roy Hodg­son ad­mits he still faces “sleep­less nights” re­fin­ing his fi­nal 23.

Rash­ford needed just 138 sec­onds of the 2-1 win over Aus­tralia to prove he can com­plete the jour­ney from bolter to banker, vol­ley­ing home af­ter neat in­ter­play with Ra­heem Ster­ling.

At 18 years and 208 days, the Manch­ester United striker also be­came the coun­try’s youngest debu­tant scorer and gave Hodg­son a heavy nudge as he looks to cull the last two names from his train­ing squad be­fore Tues­day’s dead­line.

Daniel Stur­ridge, re­duced to a watch­ing brief in the stands with a calf in­jury, is vul­ner­a­ble to the rise of Rash­ford but Hodg­son is also con­sid­er­ing los­ing an ex­tra mid­fielder.

“The sub­ject of Mar­cus Rash­ford, I guess, will chop a few trees down,” added Hodg­son. “What a de­but. I’m pleased for him. But I wasn’t sur­prised with the way he played. He was al­ways one of the play­ers who was se­ri­ously com­pet­ing for a place in the 23 and he’s done his chances of travelling with us no harm.

“Let’s wait and see... I’ve got un­til Tues­day but he wouldn’t be out of place in any­one’s 23. I’ll have two or three more sleep­less nights be­fore I have to sub­mit my list.”

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