Marcus Rashford has been named in England’s provisional Euro 2016 squad but Roy Hodgson admits it’ll be tough for him to make the cut.
The 18-year-old striker is one of five forwards on Hodgson’s list of 26 players, with three stars facing disappointment when the final squad is named after the friendly against Australia on May 27.
Rashford has shot into contention for the finals from nowhere, having been catapulted to stardom when he scored twice on his debut against FC Midtjylland in February – following it up with a brace against Arsenal within days.
His record of seven goals in 17 starts in all competitions for United compares well with some of the other contenders that he has beaten to the squad, but Hodgson has warned that it will take something special to displace the likes of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge.
“HeÂ’s one of the contenders (for a place up front),” said Hodgson. “The competition for him is quite strong, but I think he deserves to be selected and have a chance to show us what he can do.
“HeÂ’s got a big future if he can develop as he has so far. He has a chance to knock someone off their perch, but I must stress that will be harder than some think.”