ROY HODGSON has opened the door to a sensational Euro 2016 call-up for Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford, having revealed he has been watching him for the last two years.
Rashford, 18, burst onto the big-time eight days ago when he scored twice in United’s 5-1 Europa League win over FC Midtjylland.
And the striker followed his incredible debut with another double in the 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Sunday before setting up the third goal for Ander Herrara.
On Wednesday he then impressed in the 1-0 win against Watford and England manager Hodgson will check him out in person on Sunday against West Brom as he hinted he has a chance of gatecrashing his squad for this summer’s European Championships in France.
“I would neither rule him in or rule him out,” said Hodgson.
“I’ve been watching Rashford for two years. He plays for the under-18 team, so we are delighted players we believe in and who we think have got a bright future are getting chances.
“Scoring four goals in three games is a great achievement and if he can keep that up, it is great for Manchester United and England.
“Last time I was with our national coaches we were talking in particular about the under-19 squad, which is competing for another major tournament, and Rashford’s name was mentioned.
“My hope, and it is a vain hope, is he will be allowed to develop in peace and it won’t suddenly be a question of ‘you’re going to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo’ – or every time he has two or three bad games he’s a flash in the pan.
“Let’s hope the lad gets a chance to develop in the same way as Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, Wayne Rooney, David Beckham and Paul Scholes.
“Let’s hope he gets the same chance to develop at Manchester United and hopefully for England as all those guys in the past and he isn’t going to be lifted up so high that the inevitable fall will follow.”
Roy Hodgson hinted Man Utd’s young prospect Marcus Rashford could be in his England plans
Hodgson was here in France at a Euro 2016 coaching workshop and he also had glowing words for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, who made his England debut at 18, but has not played this season after breaking his left leg in August.
Hodgson said Wilshere will be in his Euro squad as long as he is fit, insisting it does not matter how many games he plays before France.
“Players are either fit to play or not,” he said. “Whether they play 30 games, 40 games, 10 games, 15 games, eight games, I don’t understand that. For me it’s all about the class of the player.”
The same applies to skipper Rooney, despite the Manchester United star suffering a knee injury which could keep him out for two months.
“There is no way I should be looking to dismiss Wayne Rooney who is fit and playing football on the basis he is out of form, because he is our captain and a captain is important and there are 23 players,” said Hodgson