From United’s youth team to Euro 2016 in six months
Rashford’s remarkable rise is complete after making England squad
Barely three months after making his senior debut with Manchester United, Marcus Rashford is going to the European Championships.
The 18-year-old striker, who at the turn of the year was still playing in United’s youth team, proved simply impossible to ignore as Roy Hodgson chose to name the talented teenager in his final 23man squad for the tournament in France.
Instead it was three midfielders who were cut from the group. Newcastle winger Andros Townsend, Manchester City’s Fabian Delph and Leicester City ace Danny Drinkwater all miss out. Drinkwater is arguably the most unlucky to miss out having played a crucial role in Leciester’s incredible title success, while fellow central midfielder Jack Wilshere made just three appearances for Arsenal all season due to various injuries. “Disappointed not to make the final 23! Would of been a fantastic experience to go to the euros as a player... But I’ll be supporting the country like I always have,” Drinkwater wrote on his Instagram page. “The season’s been a huge positive for me.. Going into next season as a Premier League champion! Good luck to the lads... Bring it home #England.” But the biggest surprise was the inclusion of Rashford, who impressed on his England debut by scoring just 138 seconds into the 2-1 win against Australia on Friday.
And despite only forcing his way into the United side in March, he scored nine goals from 15 shots on target.
The United forward is one of five strikers named in an attacking squad, though Wayne Rooney has been used more often this season in midfield.
Daniel Sturridge also made the cut having made a timely return to from injury on Monday.
SQUAD: Hart, Forster, Heaton; Walker, Rose, Cahill, Smalling, Clyne, Stones, Bertrand; Milner, Sterling, Lallana, Henderson, Dier, Wilshere, Barkley, Alli; Kane, Vardy, Rooney, Rashford, Sturridge.