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Marcus Rashford's rise does not surprise me: England manager Roy Ho

Manager Roy Hodgson hails England contender Marcus Rashford after 18-year-old’s debut show in 2-1 win over Australia in Euro 2016 warm-up game

London: Roy Hodgson insisted Marcus Rashford’s dream debut for England came as no surprise after the Manchester United sensation staked his claim for a Euro 2016 place with a record-breaking strike in a 2-1 win over Australia.

England’s Marcus Rashford (right) celebrates a goal with teammate during the friendly against Australia in Sunderland on Friday. Pic/AFP
England’s Marcus Rashford (right) celebrates a goal with teammate during the friendly against Australia in Sunderland on Friday. Pic/AFP

Rashford took just 135 seconds to scoring in Friday’s Euro 2016 warm-up at the Stadium of Light.

Rashford is behind only Michael Owen (18 years and 164 days) and Wayne Rooney (17 years 317 days) in the list of the youngest scorers in an England shirt.

Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson

“The subject of Marcus Rashford, I guess, will chop a few trees down. I was asked if I was nervous about playing him. I wasn’t nervous or surprised with how he played.

“I asked in the build-up if he was up to playing at international level and we got a resounding yes from him. I’m pleased. We changed from the diamond (formation) to see if he could play in the wider positions and that was a further advantage.

“He was always one of the players who was seriously competing for a place in the 23 and he’s done his chances of travelling with us no harm.”

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