England vs Australia: Marcus Rashford starts as No.9 tonight

by Sam Peoples

Marcus Rashford will make his England debut tonight in their international friendly against Australia.

The 18-year-old starts up front for England and will wear the No.9 shirt. Here is the starting XI:


In less than a year, Rashford has gone from starting for United’s U18s to starting for England as their No.9 ahead of a major international tournament having broken through into the first-team under Louis van Gaal. What a season for the young lad.

I’ll be honest – I’m nervous about him going to Euro 2016 because of what has happened to young English talents who have been thrown into the limelight too early but I’m delighted for him tonight.

It’s excellent to see Chris Smalling get the armband as well and I think he is a candidate to be vice captain behind Wayne Rooney, unless that has already been decided?

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