England’s last-gasp victory over Slovakia ensured Allardyce dodged a bullet in his first game in charge and the confidence Rashford will have taken from his hat-trick serves to justify the decision to hand him to Gareth Southgate.
It is to be hoped Allardyce is as obliging next summer with the issue of whether Rashford should play for the Under-21s at the European Championships in Poland (victory against Kazakhstan next month will seal top spot in Group 9) or the seniors likely to become recurring debate.
Allardyce’s England travel to Scotland on June 10 which is six days before the tournament begins, but, given Rashford could play for the seniors five times between now and then, the argument he is established with the first team will be flimsy.
Instead of the noise that has previously engulfed the likes of Jack Wilshere, Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley when this issue has arisen, the FA must be of the view that helping the Under-21s pursue silverware is the best route for Rashford.
Likewise, the onus is on Mourinho to have a clear pathway in mind for English football’s latest wunderkind.