From United’s youth team to Euro 2016 in six months

Rash­ford’s re­mark­able rise is com­plete af­ter mak­ing Eng­land squad

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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.

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