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Rashford included in 26-man England squad

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 16 May 2016

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England boss Roy Hodgson has included Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford in his preliminary 26-man squad for Euro 2016.

Rashford enjoyed an impressive debut campaign with United, scoring four goals in 11 top-flight appearances.

Theo Walcott, Leighton Baines, Michael Carrick, Phil Jagielka and Jermain Defoe were the notable omissions.

Rashford, 18, has not previously received a call-up from Hodgson, but could now make his first senior international appearance in the friendly against Turkey at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, May 22.

“He is one of the contenders [for the final squad],” said Hodgson. “Of course the competition for him is quite strong, he will understand that as well but I think he deserves to be selected, certainly in this larger squad.

“It will be interesting to see what he can do, albeit maybe only for one week after the [FA] Cup final before I name the squad.

“He had an outstanding end to the season, he is a young player who has got a future if he can continue to develop as he has done.

“It is great to be able to include him. There is no reason – if he does particularly well – he can’t knock someone off their perch but that will be harder than in other years given how well the others have done in qualifying.”

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