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From youth team to Euro 2016: The meteoric rise of Marcus Rashford

Since making his United debut in February, Rashford has made quite a name for himself.

AT THE BEGINNING of February, Marcus Rashford was pretty munch unheard of. Fast forward three months and the 18-year old has been named in England’s Euro 2016 squad.

In the past two weeks alone, Rashford has won an FA Cup, signed a new four-year contract with United, and scored within three minutes of his international debut.

The striker first appeared in United’s first-team squad last November, twice as an unused substitute.

Still basically unknown, he made his debut in a Europa League clash against FC Midtjylland and hasn’t looked back since.

Rashford’s rise to stardom began that night with two goals. Just three days after his dream debut, he scored two more in his first Premier League appearance against Arsenal.

Since breaking onto the scene with the Red Devils in February, he has scored eight goals in 18 appearances and was deservedly named United’s Young Player of the Year.

Two weeks ago, Rashford was named in Roy Hodgson’s provisional 26-man squad for the Euros.

“There’s no reason that, if he does exceptionally well, why he couldn’t knock someone off their perch,” Hodgson said of the teenager as he announced the squad.

And that’s exactly what he has done.

Rashford made his international debut in England’s warm-up match against Australia. Wearing the number nine shirt, he found the back of the net less than three minutes into the encounter.

England v Australia - International Friendly - Stadium of Light Rashford became the youngest player to score on his England debut. Source: PA WIRE

Earlier this week, the striker committed his future to United as he signed a four-year deal under Jose Mourinho, with his salary reportedly increasing to £20,000-a-week.

And today, Rashford’s dream international breakthrough continues as he was named in England’s final squad that will travel to France.

The 18-year-old made the cut along with Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge, while Danny Drinkwater may feel hard done by to have missed out.

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