Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford was named in Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man squad on Tuesday after enjoying a wonderful season with the Red Devils. But his sudden rise to fame and the excitement that came with his inclusion in England’s squad for Euro 2016 could be short-lived.
Harry Redknapp has little or no conviction that the budding superstar will be part of the action for England in the tournament, despite his historical exploits with Manchester United last season.
Harry believes there’re too many experienced and in-form players competing for a chance in the team. There are other reasons Marcus may have to watch from the sidelines.
Potential superstars always start their learning from the bench at big tournaments, for instance, Ronaldo (at the age of 17) was part of Brazil’s team during the 1994 World Cup.
The 18-year-old player scored five goals in his first 11 Premier League outings for Manchester United. He also bagged a goal just after 138 seconds into his national team debut against Australia last week.
Marcus has the talent, strength and vision but he may just have to keep learning and improving.
The former Tottenham boss told Sky Sports: “In all honesty, I can’t really see him playing. I like him and he’s going to be a real player in the future.
“But we’ve got Kane, we’ve got Vardy, we’ve got Sturridge, we’ve got Rooney – I think he (Hodgson) has got a lot of options up front.
“I wouldn’t see Rashford getting a game and I’ll be surprised if he gets too much, if any, games personally.”
Harry Redknapp added that he thinks England could emerge winners in this summer’s tournament. In his words: “It’s a good squad of players and I like the look of the England squad at the moment.
“It’s going to be an exciting tournament and I think we’ve got a real chance.”
Image: Marcus Rashford celebrates a goal for Manchester United.
Here’s a list of England’s squad for the tournament:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)