Marcus Rashford, one of England’s youngest football players, began his tournament career at the age of 18 years and 229 days, when he played as a 73rd-minute replacement for Adam Lallana at the UEFA Euro 2016 Group B clash in June. English born Rashford has been a player for Manchester United since the age of nine, after being spotted at the Fletcher Moss Rangers club in Manchester. He plays in the forward position for both the Manchester United as well as the England National Team.
With The Presence of Marcus Rashford England Has a Great Attacking Future
May 2016 was a good month for Rashford, for it was in this month that he was named in the provisional Euro 2016 26-man squad by Roy Hodgson. Later in the month, following his famed goal against Wales, he was guarenteed by contract to stay in the Manchester United club at least until 2020, with a possible extension of one more year. Following this, he was named given a place in the final 23-squad to represent England in the Euro 2016 games, in France. He has gone from a boy nobody knew to a star in a very short period of time.
Marcus Rashford Under Spotlight Since Feb 25, 2016
Rashford has been under the spotlight ever since he stepped on the field as a striker on February 25, 2016, against FC Midtjylland. He scored twice, and Man U went on to win the match 5-1. Three days later, in a home match against Arsenal, he scored once and aided Ander Herrera’s goal, helping the 3-2 winning. The biggest highlight of his early months is definitely his goal in the March 20th match against Manchester City. The teenager showed supreme skills, and scored the only goal that day, within sixteen minutes of him stepping in. His goal resulted in Manchester United’s victory. On April 13, 2016, Marcus played for The Football Association Challenge Cup against West Ham United and scored one of the two goals that day, and secured their team’s place in the semi-finals.
Suffered knee injury against Crystal Palace
Sadly, however, he suffered a knee injury and had to go out of the finals in Wembley, against Crystal Palace. On May 17, he played his first match after being named in the provisional Euro squad. This match was very crucial because his performance was under more scrutiny than usual. But there was nothing to worry, because he delivered a great game, as he has been since the last three months of his selection. He aided Wayne Rooney score one, and then he fired one in himself. Man. Utd. won that match against Bournemouth, with 3-1. Perhaps his biggest rise to fame is the friendly match in Sunderland against Australia. He was playing for England for the first time, and only two minutes and fifteen seconds into the game, like a flash of lightning, he scored a goal with one of his very first ball encounters. His English colleagues were having trouble even seeing the ball. He was very intimidating throughout the match.
Marcus Rashford’s rise isn’t without struggles. Since his major play has been through his growth years, he has had to learn to come to terms with his body through a huge number of hours of practice every day. With his legs growing, he was losing co-ordination and this made him very sulky and moody. He had a lot of tricks, and had good ball control, but his time at the Academy to train into a Premier League Player is what really shaped him into the ideal footballer.
He learned to develop a striker’s mentality
He learned to develop a striker’s mentality and focus his talents to the best use. Now, he is on his way to being the perfect centre-forward. He has played direct strikes at the goal, layoffs and one-twos. He can do anything, and combined with his consistently impressive form, can give many players a good run for their money. He has shown great control, persistence and is a humble person. He was awarded the Jimmy Murphy Memorial Award for Young Player of the Year in May 2016. He is surely England’s attacking pride and one to watch out for in the years to come.