As Manchester United struggled through the 2015-16 season and England subsequently humiliated themselves with an early exit at Euro 2016, one of the only positives in both cases were the performances of Marcus Rashford.
The 19-year-old striker burst onto the scene with a host of impressive displays in the second half of United's season and was one of the few bright spots in Roy Hodgson's failed campaign in France.
However, after falling down the pecking order in the opening weeks of the domestic campaign under Jose Mourinho, Rashford has now lost his place in the senior England side after he was today named in the England under 21 squad for their September 15 fixture versus Norway.
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It is fair to say there are a lot of England fans who are not impressed with one of Sam Allardyce's first significant decisions as national team manager.
Here's just some of the reaction...
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While there are a lot of fans disappointed to see Rashford effectively demoted to the under 21s, it is an understandable decision considering his lack of playing time so far this season under Mourinho.
And there were some United fans who were refreshingly calm about the whole thing...
Moreover, at just 19, the Manchester-born striker certainly has time on his side to make his mark both at club and international level.
Rashford may have impressed in his young career to date, but there is no harm in him taking a step back from the limelight and getting experience at the under 21 level under Gareth Southgate.
He has enjoyed a rapid rise over the past 12 months or so but that was never going to continue at the same pace.
England and United fans frustrated at his bit-part role at present shouldn't worry. Rashford has already shown he is capable of playing at the highest level, and missing out on the upcoming England squad this time around isn't going to change the fact that he will be in plenty more down the line.
Moreover, with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge finding form early in the campaign, the national side should be able to cope with his absence as they begin the Sam Allardyce era next month.
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