Young Marcus Rashford must be having the time of his life at the moment. Breaking through into the Manchester United squad, scoring goals against both City and Arsenal, and helping United on their way to an FA Cup final this coming Saturday.
Just when he thought things couldn’t get any better, the 18-year old got a phone call of Roy Hodgson, calling him up to the England squad for the first time, which further shows just what a rich vein of form he is in at the moment.
Large portions of the media were unhappy with the decision, and Roy Hodgson has responded to those claims.
“He’s one of the contenders, of course. The competition for him is quite strong, he’ll understand that, but I think he deserves to be selected, certainly in this larger squad,” Hodgson began.
“It’ll be very interesting to see what he can do, even though we might only see that across the course of one week before I have to name the final 23 as he’s involved in the cup final. But I’m pleased to have someone who has had such an outstanding end to the season, a young player and a player I obviously think has got a future if he can continue to develop as he’s developed so far.
“It’s great to be able to include him and there is no reason that, if he does exceptionally well, why he couldn’t knock someone off their perch, but I must make it clear that will be harder than some people would expect because players that have played over the last two years and have done a very good job and helped us qualify, are not going to be easy to knock off their perch.”
The forward has been brilliant to watch recently, and his pace will certainly frighten defenders. Although its nice to see the England manager being practical for once, and Hodgson has admitted it will be hard for the young man to force his way into the final 23-man squad.
Just the experience alone will be great for Rashford, and it will further boost his confidence heading into the FA Cup final. It also must be great for the young man to know that he is firmly in the thoughts of the manager going forward.