Rashford set for England training invitation

Date published: Saturday 14th May 2016 9:32

Marcus Rashford: Heading for England experience

Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford will be invited to train with the England squad before their forthcoming friendlies against Australia and Portugal, according to reports.

England coach Roy Hodgson has been so impressed with the striker in the last three months that he wants the 18-year-old to gather valuable experience with the senior squad, but he will not call him up in his 23-man tournament squad.

Hodgson, who will reveal his squad on Monday after delaying the announcement from Thursday, is also likely not to pick Rashford on his standby list, which is set to include Sunderland hotshot Jermain Defoe.

Rashford, who has yet to win an Under-21 cap but has one international appearance at Under-20 level to his name, has  featured previously at Under-16 and Under-18 level. He only made his first-team debut at United in February, scoring twice against Midtjlland after Anthony Martial had been injured in the warm-up.

Rashford and the rest of the United players will not be with the squad for the friendly with Turkey at the City of Manchester stadium on May 22 because of their involvement in the FA Cup final the day before.

England play Australia at the Stadium of Light on Friday May 27 and Portugal at Wembley on Thursday June 2 before heading to France for the finals.

The arrangement to bring Rashford in for some experience is similar to what happened with John Stones and Jon Flanagan before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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