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'United youngster Rashford worth the risk for England'

The striker has scored five goals in his first eight appearances for the Red Devils.

Marcus Rashford after scoring in the Manchester derby
Marcus Rashford after scoring in the Manchester derby

FORMER ENGLAND BOSS Sven-Goran Eriksson has urged Roy Hodgson to play Marcus Rashford in one of England’s upcoming friendlies, with a view to selecting the rising Manchester United star for Euro 2016.

Rashford has been widely touted as a future international striker after scoring five goals in his first eight appearances for United, though the 18-year-old was not included in the England for the forthcoming friendlies against Netherlands and Germany.

Eriksson, who took an untried Theo Walcott to the 2006 World Cup as a 17-year-old, believes that Hodgson should take a look at United’s Manchester derby hero during one of England’s final three friendlies against Turkey, Australia and Portugal.

“If Roy wants to take a risk, he should play him in the friendlies now to take a look at him,” he said. ”To see if he’s ready, if he’s good enough and so on.

Because I took a risk when I took Walcott, because he hadn’t played in any friendly games for us. So that was a risk.

“So it’s better to let him play in some of the friendlies to see if he is ready or not.”

Walcott, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Jamie Vardy are the five strikers included in the squad for the Netherlands and Germany tests and Eriksson believes that, although Hodgson may well experiment in both games, he already knows the side that he plans to start against Russia in England’s opening Euro 2016 game on June 11.

I guess he knows his starting team even if he won’t speak about it,” said the Swede. ”I’m sure he knows it.

“As a manager you know it a long time before.

“Then at the last minute you can change something if something happens but he knows it, I’m sure.”

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