Marcus Rashford to make the England squad for Euro 2016

Marcus Rashford, 18, is being named in the England squad for Euro 2016.

Marcus Rashford to make the England squad for Euro 2016Rashford, has never even played for the under-21, and now, he is a part of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the European Championship.

In February, before the Europa League clash with Midtjylland, Rashford was given a chance as Anthony Martial was injured and he scored twice on his debut, making his Premier League debut against Arsenal days later.
He was the most noticeable name announced by Hodgson at Wembley on Monday.

Scoring eight goals in 18 appearances and winning the FA Cup, he impressed everyone enough in the second half of the season to be called into Roy Hodgson’s 26 man squad for the ahead of the Euros.

Rashford grabbed his chance with a goal just after 138 seconds of his England debut against Australia.

Marcus Rashford to make the England squad for Euro 2016His first major interview since making his breakthrough includes Rashford speaking about the last six months.

He talked to FATV: “When I first went into the changing room and saw all of the players’ names on the back of their shirts, it didn’t seem real.

I remember going home after and speaking to my brother about it, and he agreed with me, he didn’t think it was real either. That’s what it’s like until you get used to it.

I tried not to think about it too much because that’s probably where the pressure and stuff starts to get to people’s heads and affect their performance.

For me, I was just concentrating on playing how I’d been playing and all of a sudden the goal came. It was a good way to start.

It doesn’t seem real, when you look back at it. [At Christmas] I was actually trying to work my way into [United’s] under-21s side and all of a sudden I appeared in the first team, you have to be ready when your chance comes.

To be honest, I wasn’t really thinking about the England set-up as much because obviously at United there was a lot of games coming thick and fast so all of my focus was on those games.

Marcus Rashford to make the England squad for Euro 2016At the end of the season you hear talk and stuff, but to be here now is just amazing. For it to be in my hands to go out and help the country is an amazing feeling.”

Wayne Rooney, Rashford’s Manchester United and England team-mate and captain said:

“Yeah, he’s been great, at the time he came into the team at United, we were going through a bit of a bad period and to come into the team and take to it like he did was incredible really.

‘The manager kept faith in him so he kept his place in the team and showed what he could do.

Roy put him in the 26 and it was really down to Marcus then to show that he was capable of being in the 23, and he certainly did that after a couple of minutes, getting his first goal for England.”

Rooney hopes Rashford still plays without freedom and fear, he said:

Marcus Rashford to make the England squad for Euro 2016
“I always think that, for young lads, it’s probably better to leave them and not fill them with advice, ‘you should do this, you should do that’. Just let them go and play because that’s what’s got them to the position they’re in today.”

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