Rashford makes Hodgson’s final choice even tougher
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.”