Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been surprisingly named in Gareth Southgate’s England U21 squad for the European Championship qualifier against Norway.
The 18-year-old quickly burst onto the scene last season at Old Trafford, which resulted in former England manager Roy Hodgson handing him his senior debut against Australia.
He scored just minutes into his debut in the pre-Euro 2016 warm-up and was included in the final 23-man squad for the tournament in France.
Despite an impressive start to his international career, new boss Sam Allardyce opted to leave him out of his first squad.
“Rashford is not playing now so it makes it harder for me to select him, as exciting as he was last year and how he burst on the scene,” Allardyce said.
“At such a young age, do I say, ‘Go and play in the Under-21s, get used to international football there, play regularly there and it will help you eventually, hopefully to break into the Manchester United team and then break into the England senior team’?”
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It’s a shame to see him dropped from the senior side, especially after his excellent performance against Iceland where he ran past his opponent three times in seven minutes, which was more than any other player on the pitch managed over the full 90 minutes.
Rashford has shown plenty of talent and it’s harsh to demote him to the U21s after just two games have passed in the Premier League.
Mourinho has stated he plans to give Rashford opportunities to stay in contention for the England squad and it looks like he has his work cut out ahead of him if he wants to impress Allardyce.