Does everyone now realise that Marcus Rashford is the real deal and simply not a flash in the pan?
The 18-year-old scored a hat-trick on his England under-21 debut against Norway on Tuesday night to prove to Sam Allardyce that he was wrong to leave him out of the senior squad.
Rashford’s three goals completed yet another incredible debut for the young striker. He scored twice on his Manchester United and Europa League debut against Midtjylland, twice on his Premier League debut against Arsenal and again on his England debut against Australia.
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And he has already made an impact on Jose Mourinho’s side this season after coming off the substitutes bench against Hull to grab an injury-time winner in their last Premier League match.
But Rashford wasn’t the only wonderkid on the pitch at Colchester’s Community Stadium on Tuesday because lining up for Norway was Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard.
Odegaard on Rashford
However, the 17-year-old and his Norwegian teammates were powerless to prevent an ‘incredible’ Rashford from stealing the show.
“He is an incredible player as we saw,” Odegaard told The Sun.
“And we have seen that in the Premier League too.
“So I think he is just an incredible player.”
Odegaard was then asked if he could imagine himself playing alongside Rashford at Madrid, United, or another top European club in the future and he replied: “Maybe, maybe.”
Odegaard was certainly one of the most talked about youngsters in world football when he made a move to Real Madrid in January 2015. His growth has since been stunted at the Bernabeu, making just one first-team appearance, but has played regularly for Real Madrid Castilla.
Although he is slightly younger than Rashford, the United forward has certainly overtaken him in terms of progress with him playing regular first-team football for United and making England’s Euro 2016 squad.
However, Odegaard will have the opportunity of impressing on the biggest stage of them all this season after making Madrid’s Champions League squad.
Odegaard on Madrid chances
And, while he is looking forward to making a few appearances for Zinedine Zidane’s side, he realises there is no rush, considering his age.
“That is a good thing for me to be in that squad,” he said.
“Hopefully, I can get some chances this year. I just have to continue to work hard and take my chances.
“Of course, I want to play in the first-team – that is my goal. But I have a lot of time.
“I’m still only 17-years-old so I can take my time.”