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Manchester United sensation Marcus Rashford in line for England Euro call-up according to Roy Hodgson



Nothing Rash: Hodgson says the youngster must be given time to develop

Roy Hodgson has opened the door on Marcus Rashford getting an amazing Euro 2016 call-up.

Striker Rashford has made an incredible start to his Manchester United senior career with four goals in his first three games over the past week, and has now put himself in the England frame.

Three Lions boss Hodgson revealed he has been keeping tabs on Rashford for TWO YEARS, and backed the 18-year-old to follow in the footsteps of fellow Reds frontman Wayne Rooney.

Talking at a UEFA international coaches workshop, Hodgson said: “I hope he is allowed to develop as an 18-year-old should and people don’t try to put him under enormous pressure.

“I would neither rule him in or rule him out. I just hope he can do well.”

Lightning start: Rashford scored four goals in his first two senior games for United

Rashford has already represented England at Under-16 and U18 level and is in line for an Under-21 call-up ahead of this month’s Euro qualifier against Switzerland — as well as a new £15,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford.

Hodgson said: “I have been watching Rashford for two years, so I have known about him for a long time. He is in our system.
“That is wonderful and long may it continue. I hope he has a good end to the season.

“He plays for the Under-18 team, so we are delighted that a player playing for our Under-18s, players who we believe in and who we think have got a bright future, are getting chances in the first team [at club level].

“Scoring four goals in three games is a great achievement and if he can keep that up, it is great for Manchester United and England.

“Let’s hope the lad, at 18 years of age, gets a chance to develop in the same way as Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Paul Scholes… you can name as many as you like.

“Let’s hope he gets the same chance to develop at Manchester United and, hopefully, for England as all those guys in the past and he isn’t going to be lifted up so high that the inevitable fall will have to follow.

“My hope for Rashford, and it is a vain hope, is that he will be allowed to develop in peace and it won’t suddenly be a question of ‘You have scored two goals for Man United and you’re going to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo’. Or every time he has two or three bad games, he is a flash in the pan.

“Most of all, I hope he is allowed to develop as an 18-year-old should and people don’t try to put him under enormous pressure.”