Former England international Paul Ince is hoping Marcus Rashford will do a “Michael Owen” and prove his ability to the world at Euro 2016.
The youngster was a surprise inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad for the European Championships after a spectacular debut season at Manchester United.
Since making his debut under Louis van Gaal in the Europa League victory against FC Midtjylland, Rashford has scored eight goals in 18 appearances and even netted three minutes into his England debut against Australia last week.
Speaking about his future, Ince insists Rashford has been included very early but hopes he will showcase his ability and prove him wrong.
“Rashford’s one who for me it’s too early,” he said.
“You look at the Turkey game and yes he scored after three minutes, but after that he wasn’t really in it and didn’t do much in the rest of the game, which is what you expect of a young kid.
“He seems to have a good head on his shoulders and I hope he does get on and can do a Michael Owen, but I can’t go too over the top about that at the moment.”
Owen was 18 years, six months and nine days old when he scored his first goal at the 1998 World Cup against Romania in the group stages. He started the competition as a substitute but ended it in the starting XI.
Rashford is set to be the youngest player at this year’s tournament and will have to compete with the likes of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge for a place in Hodgson’s team.
He quickly established himself as the first-choice centre-forward at Old Trafford and will be looking to follow after Owen by impressing Hodgson and finishing the tournament with a regular spot in the squad.