London: Manchester United's teenage sensation Marcus Rashford and Newcastle United and former Tottenham Hotspur's winger Andros Townsend were named in a provisional 26-man England squad for Euro 2016 yesterday.
18-year-old Marcus Rashford
The uncapped striker Rashford, 18, has burst onto the scene with United this season, scoring seven goals in 16 games, while Townsend, who won the last of his 10 England caps in October, has impressed since joining Newcastle in January.
Explaining Rashford's call-up, England manager Roy Hodgson said: "He deserves to be selected. It'll be interesting to see what he can do in the European championship, even if he only has one week (in training) before I name the final 23. There's no reason why he couldn't knock someone off their perch (and earn a place in the final squad). But that will be harder than some people expect."
Provisional Eng squad:
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, Tom Heaton Defenders: Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Danny Rose, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Kyle Walker Midfielders: Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Danny Drinkwater, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere
Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy.