Roy Hodgson: Rashford wouldn’t be out of place in England squad

by Tanveer Arayan


Roy Hodgson insists it would be difficult to cut Marcus Rashford out of his 23-man England squad that will travel to the European Championship in France next month.

The Mancunian striker struck the back of the net with a volley after 138 seconds on the pitch, making him the youngest player to score on an England debut.

Rashford’s incredible season is now set for a dream ending as his debut goal raises question marks over Daniel Sturridge’s inclusion in the final cut squad.

Speaking about Rashford’s chances on the England squad, Hodgson claims he wouldn’t be out of place in the final 23-man team.

“Will he be in the squad? Let’s wait and see I have got until Tuesday but on that performance he wouldn’t be out of place in anybody’s 23,” he said.

“You asked me before the game if I thought he would be up for it and would be able to deal with the situation and I think we got a resounding yes to that question and I’m really pleased for him.

“He has done his chances of coming in the 23 no harm. He wouldn’t have been in 26 if I didn’t think he had a chance.”

He was given his chance on United’s first-team when Anthony Martial picked up an injury in the warm-up against FC Midtjylland and he took it with both hands, he was then the surprise inclusion in the squad after Danny Welbeck suffered a long-term knee injury, and now his debut on the England squad came after Sturridge was deemed unfit.

It’s a fairy tale story for Rashford, he’s proven himself time and time again and he couldn’t have shown his potential in any better way. He’s scored with his first shot in the Premier League, Europa League and for England. It’s absolutely phenomenal.

Rashford went off to a standing ovation and it was definitely deserved, he’s proven he has what it takes to make Hodgson’s final squad and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him included.

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