If asked to pick an outstanding teenager from Tuesday's game between England Under-21s and Norway Under-21s prior to kick-off, most would opt for Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard.
The 17-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the world but he was completely outshone in the Colchester Community Stadium by a man just a tad over 14 months older than him.
That man was Marcus Rashford. Like Odegaard, Rashford has already experienced the heights of senior international football but was forced to take a step down on the advice of Sam Allardyce. Having also starred for Manchester United last season, he now finds himself behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the pecking order.
There are many players who would find themselves feeling a little aggrieved at such a step-down but Rashford appeared hungrier than ever on his first outing for Gareth Southgate's men. To put it simply, he tore the Norwegians apart.
Rashford bagged a hat-trick on his debut, adding to the two goals he scored on his Manchester United debut and the single strike on his first start for England's senior side. He is just made for debuts.
First, let's take you through the goals:
His first came in the 28th minute and showcased his incredible pace. His second appeared to showcase his impeccable finishing ability. It looked great but replays showed a deflection aided it past the goalkeeper. The third showed he's got bottle as he rifled home a penalty.
Starting against Man City?
His performance is sure to have been seen by Jose Mourinho, who now has a serious dilemma ahead of the Manchester derby on Saturday. Manchester United fans and some pundits have made their feelings perfectly clear on social media, calling for the Special One to start him against Pep Guardiola's men.
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