Wayne Rooney: Marcus Rashford deserves England recognition

by Tanveer Arayan

Wayne Rooney believes Marcus Rashford deserves all the recognition he’s received throughout his debut season at Manchester United, including his recent call-up to England’s Euro 2016 preliminary squad.

The Mancuinian striker has quickly burst onto the scene at Old Trafford scoring eight goals in 17 appearances since his debut against FC Midtjylland in February.

Less than three months later, Rashford has been selected in Roy Hodgson’s preliminary England squad and will be relishing the opportunity of representing his country at the highest level.

Talking about his future, Rooney admits Rashford deserves his chance to play for Man United and England.

“It’s been great to see his attitude for a young lad,” he said.

“He’s come in and listened to the manager and the players, and he’s worked hard.

“He’s got a very good attitude and he fully deserves his chance for Man United and now England.”

Hodgson plans to name the final Euro 2016 squad ahead of the May 31 deadline and Rashford faces stiff competition from Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, Tottenham Hotspur’s golden boot winner Harry Kane, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and team-mate Rooney for making the the final 23-man team.

England prepare for the tournament with friendly matches against Turkey, Australia and Portugal before they open their Euro 2016 campaign against Russia in Marseille on June 11 and there’s no reason why Rashford shouldn’t considered as a genuine contender up front. He was the surprise inclusion after Danny Welbeck suffered an injury, but if he’s able to perform and impress Roy Hodgson like he has with van Gaal at Old Trafford, there’s a good chance he’ll make the final cut.

Despite Rashford’s age, he’s proven he has a sensible head on his shoulders and could definitely follow after Rooney, who scored four goals for England at Euro 2004 at the age of 18 and was named in UEFA’s team of the tournament.

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