Marcus Rashford wants to face Man City after England U21s hat-trick

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Marcus Rashford has gone from strength to strength ever since scoring a brace on his competitive debut for Manchester United on February 25.

In the weeks and months that have followed, the 18-year-old has scored a further six goals for the Red Devils, found the back of the net on his England debut and, most recently, struck a hat-trick on his first appearance for the England Under-21s.

His rise really has been nothing short of remarkable.


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Rashford is the talk of the town once again for his heroics during a 6-1 win over Norway on Tuesday night, hitting three for Gareth Southgate's side and once again proving his credentials as the future of English football.

And his performance certainly wouldn't have gone amiss where a certain Jose Mourinho is concerned.

Ahead of Saturday's highly-anticipated Manchester derby, Rashford sent a clear message to his manager that he's ready and wants to face Manchester City.

He told BT Sport, per Goal: "As a young player that's all you want to do.

"You want to make the manager make decisions about whether he wants you to play or be in the squad. Everyone is just looking forward to it so it should be a good game."

Make it happen, Jose.

England manager Sam Allardyce was present at the Colchester Community Stadium to watch Rashford, who hopes his performance will go some way towards establishing himself as a regular for the senior side.

"It means a lot [that Allardyce was here]," the youngster added. "It's the England seniors, there is a new manager and they are doing well.

"Everyone is working hard to get into that side, so it was important that he was here to see our development.

"It was a good debut to have. It was a strong performance from the boys. Norway played well, despite the scoreline. We worked hard for the whole 90 minutes and I think in the end we deserved the result.

"I'd say the penalty was my favourite, to be honest. It was the first penalty I have scored since I have been a professional."

It would seem Under-21s boss Southgate is willing to help Rashford along his path to stardom with England, too.

"I'll speak to Sam in the next couple of days," he said. "I'm sure it's given him food for thought."

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