December 29

Roy Hodgson admits Manchester United starlet could go to the Euros

first_img Marcus Rashford playing for Manchester United Roy Hodgson has refused to rule out the possibility of taking Marcus Rashford to the Euros this summer, admitting he has been very impressed by the Manchester United striker.The 18-year-old is now one of England’s most in-form players, having only made his debut in February, and many fans have called for his inclusion in Hodgson’s squad.While the youngster would be a guarnateed call-up most years, the Three Lions have an unusual amount of depth in the attacking department ahead of the competition in France.Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Andy Carroll are all vying for inclusion, although Hodgson has admitted Rashford is still in his thinking.The 68-year-old said: “I think it would be a very bold decision to put him in and I think it would mean possibly leaving someone behind who at the moment, in my opinion, has more reason to be called up.“But you never know. The fact is it would be foolish as well to say ‘no, no, he’s not ready – he can’t do it’. I am sure he could do it.“But when it’s 23 and we’ve already got a bit of a headache with the front players – who can we take? who might we have to leave out? – to put another one in there who is 18 years of age, has four or five games, is asking a lot.“But I have been impressed with him.”Rooney is one of the players who has also seen his place in the squad under threat, despite being captain of the Three Lions.However, he has returned from injury in a impressive midfield role, and Hodgson has all-but confirmed the 30-year-old will be taken to France, as he has the same passion as he has always shown.“I think players obviously do have to change,” the manager said when asked whether Rooney has to alter the way he approaches or plays games now he is in his thirties.“Whether or not you can actually get back to that sort of rampaging style he had as a teenager when you’re 30, I don’t know.“But there is no doubt his passion and his energy is undimmed.“I don’t doubt that for one minute and, who knows, maybe we wouldn’t be surprised if this speculation about him – should he playing or not be playing? – might be the type of thing that kicks into gear again, that little bit of fervour you’re referring to.“I can’t compare him with 2004 but by comparing him in the four years we have been together, I haven’t noticed any enormous difference. But 2004 is a long time ago.” 1last_img read more