Sven-Goran Eriksson EXCLUSIVE – Former England manager on Germany showdown, Euro 2016 chances and Marcus Rashford
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson believes Roy Hodgson should take a risk and call up Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford to his Euro 2016 squad.
Swedish boss Eriksson, boss of England for two World Cups in a five-year stint in charge, famously took a 17-year-old Theo Walcott to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, despite only playing 13 senior games and not making a single Premier League appearance.
Rashford has had more of an immediate impact than Walcott did at club level, having netted five goals in his first eight games for the Red Devils, including the winner in last week’s Manchester derby.
Despite his brilliant start, though, the 18-year-old striker has only been called up to England’s Under-20s, with Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate insisting he will not be rushed through the ranks.
Eriksson, however, believes Hodgson should have been bold and called the youngster into his senior squad for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Holland.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Germany in Berlin, the manager who led England to their famous 5-1 victory in 2001 told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “If Roy wants to take a risk with Rashford, he should play him in the friendlies and take a look at him.
“If he’s ready, if he’s good enough, then of course [he deserves to go]. I took a risk when I took Walcott because he didn’t play any friendly games for us, so that was a risk,
“So it’s better to let him play some friendlies to see if he’s ready or not.”
Listen to the full interview with Sven-Goran Eriksson on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above