Marcus Rashford made his Euro 2016 bow for England against Wales on Thursday afternoon and looked typically bright after entering the fray.
The 18-year-old, who burst onto the scene with Manchester United earlier this season, was on the pitch when Daniel Sturridge scored his stoppage-time winner and some fans are now hoping he starts in England’s third and final group-stage match against Slovakia on Monday night.
Rashford didn’t look overawed by the occasion at any stage of the afternoon, as is evident by this brilliant clip of the teenager pulling off an outrageous trick in the warm-up. A freestyler would have been proud of this skill. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Rashford is seen doing a few kick-ups before lifting his leg over the ball and keeping it off the ball with the heel of his standing leg.
Our words, though, can’t do it justice - you need to watch the clip.
Video: Marcus Rashford's skill in warm-up
Van Gaal didn't feel Rashford was ready for England
Louis van Gaal, the former United manager who handed Rashford his debut against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League back in February told reporters in April that he didn’t feel the teenager was ready for international football.
“He is not yet ready and he knows that; he can still learn a lot,” the veteran Dutch coach was quoted as saying by the Guardian. “It is always a risk when you promote young players to the first team because it is such a step up.
“As a manager you always need guts to put youngsters in the squad. Of course the Manchester United scouts and academy coaches deserve a lot of credit for finding these boys and preparing them; compared to the hours they put in my part is only a little one. But that part is still very important because you need the guts to do it.”
Hodgson will use Rashford when required
However, Rashford was included in England’s 23-man squad for the European Championships after he scored just three minutes into his international debut against Australia at the end of May.
With Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge ahead of him in the pecking order, Rashford wasn’t expected to see much action in France this summer. It was thought that he was brought along for the invaluable experience of tournament football.
However, it’s now clear that Hodgson will use him if he believes England need him.
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