In a season dogged with inconsistency and underachievement, the rise to prominence of striker Marcus Rashford has been a bright spot in Manchester United’s season.
The 18 year old has scored seven goals in sixteen games since making his first team debut against FC Midtjylland in February, and his performances have led to calls for him to be included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the upcoming European Championships.
Though the prospect of that happening still seems to be a long shot, various media outlets (including the Guardian) are this morning reporting that Rashford will be invited to train with the senior squad with a view to making his full England debut in one of the side’s warm-up friendlies, in a similar arrangement that saw John Stones and Jon Flanagan included in the England party ahead of the World Cup two years ago.
The report alleges that Rashford was discussed at length by Hodgson and his backroom staff this week, and that the FA have already contacted Manchester United regarding the prospect if Rashford training with England and possibly featuring in the friendly against Australia on May 27th.
Hodgson names his squad for the tournament on Monday, and while Rashford is not expected to be on the official 23 man list for the tournament, he is in line to be called up on the standby list should anything happen to one of the main strikers.
Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney are all virtually guaranteed their place in the squad, but there is still a fifth forward spot up for grabs at this moment in time.
Injury to Danny Welbeck has opened the door for the likes of Rashford and Theo Walcott to try and force their way into Hodgson’s plans, but it is believed that West Ham striker Andy Carroll will not be considered for selection.
In the meantime, Rashford is likely to start in Sunday’s Premier League match against Bournemouth, as well as next week’s FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.