England U21 6-1 Norway U21

7 Sep

Marcus Rashford


Marcus Rashford has scored once for England in three senior appearances

Marcus Rashford scored a hat-trick on his England Under-21 debut as they thrashed Norway in a European Under-21 Championship qualifier.

The Manchester United man has scored on his debuts in the Premier League and Europa League, as well as for England’s senior side and now the U21s.

The 18-year-old struck from 18 yards before adding a deflected second and scoring a penalty for his third.

Nathaniel Chalobah, Reuben Loftus-Cheek and Lewis Baker also scored.

The comfortable win means Gareth Southgate’s men are now two points clear of Switzerland at the top of their group, with two games left to play and a game in hand on their nearest opponents.

Norway, who had briefly made it 4-1 through Ghayas Zahid’s header, remain third. The top team in each group is assured of reaching next year’s tournament in Poland, with the team finishing second going into a play-off.

Rashford makes his case to start

After omitting him from his first senior squad before the recent World Cup qualifiers, England boss Sam Allardyce said Rashford’s inclusion in England’s Under-21s “will be invaluable for us later down the line”.

The former Sunderland and Bolton boss also suggested that he would not pick players who were not playing regularly for their club sides.

“In the past it’s been a case of some of the players joining up who haven’t played that much for their teams. And that’s a bit of a concern,” added Allardyce.

Rashford has played just 19 minutes in the Premier League for Jose Mourinho’s side this season, coming off the bench to score a late winner against Hull City.

Jose Mourinho’s United have won all three of their league games this season and play Manchester City on Saturday.

A performance to savour

Southgate said before the game that he had been impressed by Rashford’s mentality and he will have been even more pleased by his performance.

In front of the watching England boss Sam Allardyce, the teenager made a perfect start to his Under-21 career with a powerful run and finish for his first goal on 29 minutes.

He added his second with a shot that took a slight deflection that put his side 4-0 up and made it five with a composed penalty after his cross into the box was handled by a Norwegian defender.

Next year, he would be eligible to play at both the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea, where England have already booked their place among the 24 competing nations, and the European Under-21 Championships in Poland.

Rashford told BT Sport after the game: “It was a good debut to have and I thought Norway did well despite the scoreline.

“It was the first penalty I’ve scored since I turned professional so that was my favourite goal.”

Live Text

Match ends, England U21 6, Norway U21 1.

Second Half ends, England U21 6, Norway U21 1.

Foul by Morten Thorsby (Norway U21).

Kortney Hause (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kristoffer Haraldseid (Norway U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Iver Fossum with a through ball.

Corner, Norway U21. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

Attempt blocked. Alexander Sørloth (Norway U21) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ghayas Zahid.

Kristoffer Haraldseid (Norway U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chuba Akpom (England U21).

Goal! England U21 6, Norway U21 1. Lewis Baker (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Thomas Grogaard.

Substitution, England U21. Chuba Akpom replaces Marcus Rashford.

Foul by Iver Fossum (Norway U21).

Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, England U21. Demarai Gray tries a through ball, but Duncan Watmore is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Baker (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution, England U21. Demarai Gray replaces Nathan Redmond.

Substitution, England U21. Duncan Watmore replaces Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Anders Trondsen (Norway U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Anders Trondsen (Norway U21).

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Alexander Sørloth (Norway U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kristoffer Haraldseid.

Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution, Norway U21. Morten Thorsby replaces Mohammed Elyounoussi.

Foul by Ulrik Jenssen (Norway U21).

Lewis Baker (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Norway U21. Conceded by Kortney Hause.

Attempt blocked. Kristoffer Haraldseid (Norway U21) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ghayas Zahid.

Nathan Redmond (England U21) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Dominic Iorfa.

Goal! England U21 5, Norway U21 1. Marcus Rashford (England U21) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty conceded by Thomas Grogaard (Norway U21) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Substitution, Norway U21. Anders Trondsen replaces Ole Selnaes.

Goal! England U21 4, Norway U21 1. Ghayas Zahid (Norway U21) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kristoffer Haraldseid with a cross.

Goal! England U21 4, Norway U21 0. Marcus Rashford (England U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Goal! England U21 3, Norway U21 0. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Offside, England U21. Ruben Loftus-Cheek tries a through ball, but Lewis Baker is caught offside.

Ole Selnaes (Norway U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Redmond (England U21).

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