England manager Roy Hodgson has announced striker Marcus Rashford will “play a serious part” in tomorrow’s friendly against Australia, and will start if Daniel Sturridge is unfit.
The Manchester United starlet has excelled since breaking onto the scene at Old Trafford in February. He grabbed two goals on his senior debut against FC Midtjylland, and he has since bagged six further times – ending the campaign with eight goals in 18 games.
Hodgson called the 18-year-old up to his preliminary squad ahead of the Euros this summer, with many believing he would be one of three players cut when the manager confirmed his 23-man finals squad.
However, injury to Daniel Sturridge has opened the door for Rashford’s inclusion at the tournament, and Hodgson confirmed the youngster will ‘play a serious part’ against the Socceroos in England’s second pre-tournament friendly.
Should Sturridge fail to shake off his injury ahead of Friday’s clash at the Stadium of Light, the Three Lions boss confirmed that Rashford will actually start for his country, which will cap a meteoric rise for the prodigious forward.