LONDON, Sporting Alert – England manager Roy Hodgson named his final squad for Euro 2016 on Tuesday, and Manchester United teenage wonderkid Marcus Rashford was selected for the tournament.
The 18-year-old striker had been in great form for the Red Devils and his brief stint thus far for his country, since he was selected by ex-Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal in the latter part of the season.
His talent and form for his Premier League side caught the eye of Hodgson, who not only named the teen in his 26-man provisional party earlier this month, but also gave him his debut against Australia last week.
And the only thing Rashford did was scored a goal two-minutes in his first appearance for the national team, and that has persuaded the Three Lion boss to take a chance and pick him for Euro 2016, after deciding to cut Andros Townsend and Danny Drinkwater from the final 23-man squad.
Drinkwater was left very disappointed at not making the final cut, after the midfielder helped Leicester City to win the English Premier League title for the first time in club history, and had a fantastic individual campaign for the Foxes.
He said on his Instagram account: “Disappointed not to make the final 23! Would of been a fantastic experience to go to the Euros as a player.
“But I’ll be supporting the country like I always have! The seasons been a huge positive for me.. Going into next season as a Premier League champion! Good luck to the lads… Bring it home.”
Newcastle winger Townsend will feel a little harden by not making the final squad as well, while Manchester City’s Fabian Delph, the other player to miss out, was already dropped out because of a groin problem.
Meanwhile, named in the England squad on Tuesday was Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, who apparent overcame an injury and completed a training session this week, as well as Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, who battled with injuries throughout the term and looked well short of match sharpness.
“Hodgson will conduct a media conference on Wednesday afternoon at the England team hotel ahead of the Three Lions’ friendly against Portugal at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Thursday night,” a release on the Football Association official website said on Tuesday.
— England (@England) May 31, 2016
Full Squad For Euro 2016
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley).
Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).
Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).