Roy Hodgson has confirmed he is unlikely to include Marcus Rashford in England’s squad for Euro 2016 this summer.
The 18-year-old has exploded onto the scene with seven goals in 13 appearances for Manchester United and that’s led to questions over whether he could be considered as a wildcard call-up from Hodgson for England.
When questioned on the topic, Hodgson wouldn’t completely rule it out but said it was unlikely to happen.
“I think it would be a very bold decision to put him in,” Hodgson said.
“I think it would mean possibly leaving someone behind who, at the moment, has more reason to be called up,” said Hodgson when again asked about Rashford.
“But you never know. The fact is it would be foolish as well to say ‘no, no, he’s not ready, he can’t do it’.
“I am sure he could do it.
“It’s not inconceivable but it looks unlikely to me with the current players we’ve got and the competition for places in that area of the field.”
For me, it’s inconceivable Rashford would be considered to be part of England’s squad for the simple fact we are already spoilt for strikers this year. His breakthrough has been brilliant but let’s be realistic about it. Harry Kane is going to be England’s undisputed first choice at Euro 2016 and we also have Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck behind him. For Rashford, these European Championships have come a bit too early.
In the future, Rashford may well step into Rooney’s shoes and become the centre-forward who a nation turns toward for international competitions but for right now, let him just focus on his development at Man United.
The Peoples Person’s Sathesh Alagappan has written a more detailed feature piece on the topic of Rashford going to Euro 2016 and that will be published at 5pm GMT today (Fri 22 April), so make sure you come back to have a read of that.