Marcus Rashford hopes he has sent a message to Sam Allardyce and Jose Mourinho after scoring a hat-trick on his England U21s debut.
He scored three goals in front of senior boss Allardyce to help Gareth Southgate’s side to a 6-1 victory over Norway on Tuesday afternoon.
The youngster was left out of England’s senior squad after featuring under Roy Hodgson at Euro 2016, scoring on his debut against Australia in May.
Speaking about his showing, Rashford insists he’s hoping he has given Mourinho a decision to make for the Manchester Derby.
“It was a good debut to have. It was a strong performance from the boys. Norway played well, despite the score line. We worked hard for the whole 90 minutes and I think in the end we deserved the result,” he said.
“I’d say the penalty was my favourite, to be honest. It was the first penalty I have scored since I have been a professional.”
“That’s all you want to do as a young player, give your manager a decision about whether to play you. I’m just looking forward to it.”
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 7, 2016
We sit here talking about Rashford each week, but his story just keeps on getting better, he has continued to knock down all expectations of himself since his debut against FC Midtjylland in February.
Mourinho will feel inclined to play the youngster after his impressive international performance, but also taking into account his last goal in the Manchester Derby.
The future is looking bright for Rashford and hopes are he is given the opportunity to prove himself once again on September 10 when Pep Guardiola’s side come knocking.