Wayne Rooney has told Marcus Rashford to ‘have no fear’ if he gets his chance at Euro 2016.
The Manchester United youngster was the surprise name in Roy Hodgson’s squad for France, but he showed he could make the step up as he continued his meteoric rise with a goal against Australia just two minutes into his Three Lions’ debut.
He is unlikely to start England’s first match of the tournament against Russia in Marseille on Saturday, but he could be used as an impact player from the bench, especially if the attack misfires as it did against Portugal in the final warm-up match last week.
And, if the 18-year-old does get the opportunity, his captain for club and country has urged him to simply go out and enjoy it.
In an interview with FATV, Rooney said: “The most important thing [for youngsters] is to enjoy it because there’s not that much pressure on you that might be on some of the older lads, who have to consistently perform.
“You’ve got that freedom to go and play and enjoy it, and have no fear, really.
“I always think for young lads, you’re better to leave them and not fill them with advice about you should do this, or you should do that. Just let them go and play because that’s what’s got them to where they are today.”