Manchester United’s young talent has yet again shown his potential for England’s U21s – Bet on England with Bet365!
(Image credit: Express)
Rashford opened the scoring for England’s U21 against Norway in the 29th minute, and followed that with two more strikes in the 66th and 72nd minute, in a game that saw the Three Lions beat their opponents a whopping 6-1 after the final whistle was blown.
(For more info about the online sportsbook, take a look at Betting Herald’s Bet365 Sports Review.)
His stunning display was highly praised by his U21 manager Gareth Southgate, who stressed that he’ll be speaking to the senior team boss Sam Allardyce about Rashford’s development.
“I’ll speak to Sam in the next couple of days, I’m sure it’s given him food for thought,” said Southgate. “But he’ll be pleased with some of the performances of his players on Sunday (a 1-0 win in Slovakia).”
“What we saw all week (from Rashford) we saw tonight so I wasn’t surprised in any way. I don’t think anyone can rubbish the experience, the key is if they come down, they get to play and put on a show like that,” commented the 46-year-old U21 boss.
“You could see he was very comfortable in the environment and that is credit to everyone involved. It’s more important to us that players express themselves and play to the best of their ability. I don’t know if that was his best but if there is more to come then that is very exciting.”
Rashford – who was observed by Allardyce himself at last night’s stunning match – is looking ahead as he aims to make a permanent switch to the senior side guided by the new manager.
“It means a lot (that Allardyce was here),” the teenage sensation confessed. “It’s the England seniors, there is a new manager and they are doing well. Everyone is working hard to get into that side, so it was important that he was here to see our development.”
(Image credit: Sky Sports)
At club level, Rashford has been quite successful in front of goal for Manchester United, finding the back of the net 8 times in 18 appearances since breaking into the first team half-way through the 2015/16 campaign. This includes 5 strikes in 11 Premier League outings last season – stats that are promising for an 18-year-old.
Following his impressive performances for Man United, Rashford was called up for England duty at Euro 2016 by then manager Roy Rodgson. Before the European tournament, he made his debut in a friendly against Australia which saw him record a goal and thus become the youngest ever English scorer in his first match for the Three Lions.
At the Euros in France, the forward broke another record that was previously held by his Man United teammate and England captain Wayne Rooney, after making his debut at the tournament against Wales which made him the youngest player to appear for England at a European Championship. Rashford – 18 years and 229 days at the time – broke Rooney’s record by four days, which stood from his appearance at Euro 2004 in Portugal.
If Rashford manages to keep his blistering form in front of goal, he could soon be a regular first-team starter for the Three Lions. Especially, since England has a few misfiring strikers in Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy. With the promise the young 18-year-old is showing, he’s looking to be the next Rooney.
Along with Italy and Belgium, England are currently fifth favourites 17.00 (16/1) for the World Cup title in Russia. Defending champions Germany are first choice 6.00 (5/1) for the crown, while Brazil 9.00 (8/1) and Argentina 9.00 (8/1) are underdogs. France are next in line with odds of 10.00 (9/1), after their finished as runner-ups at Euro 2016, while 2010 World Cup champions Spain are fourth favourites 11.00 (10/1) for the title.