England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that Manchester United wonderkid Marcus Rashford is in contention to make the Euro 2016 squad this summer, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
Rashford has suddenly become a global icon after scoring four goals in his first two games including a brace against Arsenal, instantly seeing him set to earn a new contract with the Red Devils.
And after his displays, Hodgson has opened the door for the 18-year-old to feature for the England national side this summer, claiming that he has been monitoring Rashford ever since he was 16.
Hodgson said: “I have been watching Rashford for two years.
“I wouldn’t rule him in or rule him out. I’ve taken chances by giving young players opportunities and what they have done is taken it. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was at Euro 2012, (Raheem) Sterling was in our squad when he was only 18, 19.”
The former Liverpool boss went on to add that the media should keep calm amid the current hype, so as to not put so much pressure on his young shoulders.
“Most of all, I hope he is allowed to develop as an 18-year-old should and people don’t put him under enormous pressure,” he added.
Scoring four goals in three games is a great achievement and if he can keep that up, it is great for Manchester United and England.
“My hope, and it is a vain hope, is that he will be allowed to develop in peace and it wont suddenly be ‘you’re going to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo’ or that every time he has two or three bad games he is a flash in the pan.
“Lets hope the lad gets a chance to develop the same as Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Paul Scholes… and isn’t lifted up so high that the inevitable fall will have to follow.”
Meanwhile, Hodgson revealed that Arsenal star Jack Wilshere, who hasn’t played all season, and Wayne Rooney, who is currently recovering from an injury, are almost certain to be on the plane to France this summer.