Rashford serious contender for Euro place, says Hodgson

The England boss has said the promising youngster is a serious contender for his Euro 2016 squad.

Rashford serious contender for Euro place, says Hodgson
Marcus Rashford celebrating his first international goal on his debut in England's 2-1 win over Australia | Photo: Ian Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson has said that Manchester United's Marcus Rashford is in serious contention for a place in his Euro 2016 squad, after his stellar debut in the 2-1 win over Australia.

Start with a bang

Rashford has been fantastic since his rise to prominence back in February and managed to bring it to the international stage, taking just 138 seconds to score at the Stadium of Light. That was followed by a second-half strike from Wayne Roone,y with Eric Dier scoring in his own net to round off the game on Wearside.

That quick-fire goal made the striker the youngest England player to score on his debut and with Hodgson naming his final 23-man squad for France on Tuesday, the manager refused to rule out having the 18-year-old been on the plane. 

He told the press after Friday's game that he was "pleased for him" and he thought that he "did well" but also said that he "wasn't surprised" with the way he played and was "always one of the players" who was "seriously competing" for a place in the squad and that he has done his chances "no harm."

Hodgson continued, saying that "nothing changes" but he will have to "wait and see". However, the boss admitted that the youngster wouldn't be "out of place in anyone's 23".

Daniel Sturridge arriving at the Stadium of Light ahead of England's 2-1 win over Australia | Photo: The FA via Getty Images
Daniel Sturridge arriving at the Stadium of Light ahead of England's 2-1 win over Australia | Photo: The FA via Getty Images

Quite a concern 

The big concern for Hodgson ahead of Tuesday's deadline will be the fitness of Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge. 

The striker failed to make it on the bench at the Stadium of Light, and Hodgson revealed that he his suffering with a slight injury but is expected to train over the weekend. 

On the subject Hodgson said that Sturrdige has a "minor injury" and is hoping that it will "settle down", but has no indication on the "seriousness of the injury" and Hodgson was clear to say it is not putting his "chances in jeopardy at all".

England will host Portugal in their final warm-up game at Wembley on Thursday, June 2 with kick-off at 7:45pm BST.