After his inclusion in the Euro 2016 squad, we ask if the Rashford fairy tale can continue in France.
Incredibly, he has only played in 19 matches in his professional career, yet finds himself being called up for his first international tournament over the likes of Defoe, Carroll and Walcott. Coming from absolutely nowhere at Manchester United, he has become the focal point of their attack and Hodgson clearly feels that if you’re good enough you’re old enough.
Much like you wouldn’t have expected to see Rashford start for Manchester United this season in August, you would have thought the same about England a couple of months ago. You could have got a huge 25/1 at Betfair on Rashford making the Euro’s squad in March.
Injuries and his continued form in front of goal have now pushed him into the squad and there’s no reason his fairy tale start to his career can’t continue. Currently you can get a best price of 12/1 at 188Bet for Rashford to be England’s top goalscorer at Euro 2016 and it would only take an injury to Harry Kane to see him start most games. With Townsend now not going he could even find himself playing the ‘Welbeck’ role for England in an inside forward position, further enhancing his chances of not only playing but scoring goals.
The last time an English 18 year old went to France for a major tournament he didn’t do too badly did he?