Roy Hodgson is expected to hand Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford his England debut against Australia on Friday after the 18-year-old was declared fit following an injury scare in the FA Cup final.
Rashford limped off during the second half of the Cup final at Wembley, with Ashley Young replacing him. Up until that point, the youngster had been one of Man United’s most dangerous players.
Hodgson claimed this week that Rashford has a credible chance of making his 23-man squad for the European Championships this summer.
“I don’t really know what to expect from him,” Hodgson said.
“Don’t forget Rashford was a bit unlucky because the amount of time we are going to have with him is very short. It will be Wednesday and Thursday [training], Friday’s match and then we have to make a decision on the 23 players.
“There is no doubt I made the right decision putting him in this large group because the lad has enormous talent. You will know from my past record that I’m not afraid to give young players a chance and I don’t dismiss them on the basis of their age, but you will also know that in the position he plays we have a lot of competition for places.”
England certainly have a wealth of options up top as the likes of Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge have been in fine form for their respective clubs in recent months. Wayne Rooney, too, will be there or thereabouts come the summer.
But Hodgson could certainly do worse than bring Rashford to the Euros. You would never guess that he is just 18 given his intelligence, movement and touch when on the pitch. There is an argument that Rooney should be considered a midfielder now following his good performances there lately and perhaps Hodgson will be thinking about taking Rashford as a fourth choice striker.