The fairytale just keeps on going for Marcus Rashford.
Having burst onto the scene last season to the extent that he bypassed the England U21s and was instead called straight into the full squad for Euro 2016, the striker has this evening (Tuesday) made his bow for England U21s in a match against Norway.
And following on from his ridiculous streak of scoring on his senior Manchester United debut, his Premier League debut as well as on his first appearance for the England senior team, he has notched an international U21 hat-trick to add to his growing collection of impressive debut performances.
In a goal reminiscent of Thierry Henry in his pomp, Rashford streaked ahead of the Norwegian defence before coolly tucking the shot away for his first. A deflected second-half effort looping to the back of the net before Rashford claimed his third from the penalty spot.
Rashford's Hat-Trick!! 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/F8hUyKfKil
— BeanymanSports (@BeanymanSports) September 6, 2016
It really is remarkable how often he has now displayed an ability to stay calm in situations that should be fazing him at this point of his development.
It will be fascinating to see just how much longer his club and national managers continue to persist with Wayne Rooney ahead of him when Rashford seems to offer not only a better physical option these days but also one whom you would have much more faith in burying a one-on-one.
Needless to say, Manchester United and England fans were also very excited by the goal haul.
Over to you now José!
Martial's confidence is rubbing off on Rashford I swear 😍
— Sam Woodruff (@Woodruff92) September 6, 2016
You know Rashford is special when playing against his own age group is way too easy for him.
— 🆎🇸🇴 (@A14bz_) September 6, 2016
I remember when Rashford first started out at the end of last season and I pinned it as unnecessary hype. Time to reconsider. #wonderkid
— Steven Graydon (@saintgraydon) September 6, 2016
Marcus Rashford has scored for @England under-21s. Wonder if our new England boss will ever be brave and veer away from tried and failed.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 6, 2016
Vincent Whelan, Pundit Arena