Euro 2016: Marcus Rashford’s England rise ‘doesn’t seem real’

Marcus Rashford

Rashford is the youngest player – he was 18 years and 208 days old when he found the net against Australia – to have scored on their England debut

Striker Marcus Rashford says he can hardly believe he is in England’s Euro 2016 squad fewer than four months after making his Manchester United debut.

The 18-year-old went on to score eight goals in 18 appearances for United before scoring three minutes into his England debut in May.

“It doesn’t seem real, when you look back at it,” he said.

“At Christmas I was trying to work my way into United’s under-21s side. To be here now is just amazing.”

Rashford added he had not even considered the possibility of forcing his way into England manager Roy Hodgson’s plans as he had too much to concentrate on at club level.

“I wasn’t really thinking about the England set-up as much because at United there was a lot of games coming thick and fast so all of my focus was on those games,” he added.

“When I first went into the England changing room and saw all of the players’ names on the back of their shirts, it didn’t seem real.

“I tried not to think about it too much because that’s probably where the pressure and stuff starts to get to people’s heads and affect their performance.”

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