Marcus Rashford won’t be fast-tracked into Roy Hodgson’s squad as the Manchester United teenager has been called up by England’s U-20s.
The 18-year-old has rapidly gone from unknown to one of the country’s most feted young players after a remarkable start to life at Old Trafford.
Anthony Martial’s injury ahead of last month’s Europa League tie with FC Midtjylland saw Rashford thrown in at the deep end – an opportunity the striker capitalised on in style, netting twice as United won the do-or-die, last-32 second leg 5-1.
If that was not enough, Rashford followed up by netting another double at Old Trafford as title hopefuls Arsenal were defeated 3-2.
The teenager has now started six successive United matches, leading to talk of a late place in the Euro 2016 squad – fuelled in part by England boss Hodgson refusing to rule the striker out of contention.
However, such talk is likely to be extinguished by Wednesday’s announcement that the teenager will be with the Under-20s instead of the senior squad during the upcoming international break
Rashford has been named in Keith Downing’s 20-man squad to face Canada in a friendly at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium on March 27.
The striker has so far won two caps at both Under-16 and Under-18 levels, and the decision not to rush the forward into the senior squad is likely to be welcomed at Old Trafford.
Manchester United’s head of academy Nicky Butt this week expressed his belief that it is “well too soon” for Rashford to play for the England senior team, warning it could even hinder his progress.