Marcus Rashford in contention for Euro 2016; Chris Smalling praise youngster

Marcus Rashford in contention for Euro 2016; Chris Smalling praise youngster

Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford is having the time of his life. The 18-year-old is scoring goals for fun at the moment and his club exploits have carried on to the international stage. Rashford marked his England debut against Australia by scoring a goal inside three minutes of the opening whistle.

With England manager Roy Hodgson scheduled to announce his 23-man squad for the upcoming Euro 2016, Rashford is in strong contention to make the team. This has been backed by his Manchester United teammate Chris Smalling who has praised the youngster for his sensational gameplay.

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“We’re so happy for him. No-one is surprised at him anymore. He’s hit the ground running obviously with United, and tonight. A lot of lads have been very impressed with him in training because he’s been that threat and his finishing has been quality.” Smalling said to FATV.

He also went on to mention that Rashford has gone over his surprise element and everyone expects him to deliver on match days. The youngster has shown plenty of promise this season in club football and if he can continue his heroics at the international stage, then England can look forward to a great striker for years to come.

Wayne Rooney added to Rashford’s goal to make the score 2-0 before Eric Dier scored an own goal at the Stadium of Light. England won the match 2-1 at the expense of the Socceroos.

Everton defender John Stones also had his say on the debutant and praised the striker’s cool head.  He stressed on the fact that scoring in a debut is a big achievement and Rashford showed immense maturity in the dressing room after that, which is rare to see. The entire team is “over the moon” for him.

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