Eric Dier has described Marcus Rashford’s “fairytale” rise as “brilliant for English football”.
Both players are part of Roy Hodgson’s 26-man provisional England squad for Euro 2016 and Rashford is set to get his first senior international run-out in Friday’s warm-up match against Australia.
It is only three months since the 18-year-old Manchester United striker made his senior club debut and there has been plenty of talk about the chances of him continuing his rapid ascent with inclusion in Hodgson’s final group of 23.
Rashford has netted eight times in 18 appearances in all competitions for United.
And Tottenham utility man Dier said of the teenager on Wednesday: “It’s a bit of a fairytale isn’t it?
“It is brilliant for English football and for him, and I’m really happy for him that he is here with us.
“Hopefully we can look after him, there won’t be too much pressure on him and he can do what he has been doing for his club here with us.”
Regarding the amount of young players like himself and Rashford in Hodgson’s squad, Dier, 22, added: “I think maybe Harry (Kane, the 22-year-old Tottenham and England striker who made his senior international bow in March 2015) opened the door for people like Marcus this season.
“It is brilliant that if you are good enough, you are old enough and I think he fully deserves all the credit he has been getting.
“It has been an unbelievable few months for him.”