Michael Owen at France 98
You’d be forgiven for forgetting that Michael Owen used to be our national treasure and a footballing superstar rather than the commentating equivalent of being locked in a small room with beige walls whilst a vuvuzela was played 24:7.
Glenn Hoddle took a gamble and it paid off in a major way, so what’s to say that if Roy Hodgson took a gamble, Rashford wouldn’t have a similar impact?!
Mentality of youth
In a season were the experienced and usually reliable heads having gone missing, van Gaal’s faith in youth has proved wise.
Rashford has led the way, but Fosu-Mensah, Borthwick-Jackson, Lingard and the 10 other academy graduates who have made their senior debuts under van Gaal, have shown courage, a willingness to succeed and a fearlessness that the likes of Wayne Rooney can no longer call upon.
Scores all sorts of goals
2nd goal for rashford against Arsenal here pic.twitter.com/bkXxXN1D89
— Shaban Anwar (@ShabanAnwar1) February 28, 2016
4th different video of Marcus Rashford's goal vs West Ham.
WHAT A STRIKE 🔥👌 pic.twitter.com/PbilxTvXzZ
— Ramesh Kumaar (@RameshK1902) April 14, 2016
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 14, 2016
Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy’s spots in the squad are no doubt nailed on with almost 50 Premier League goals between them this season. However, after the duo, it’s really quite open for the final striking spots in Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad.
Sturridge’s injury record and lack of match sharpness is an issue, Theo Walcott has endured an abysmal season for Arsenal, team-mate Danny Welbeck is out for nine-months, Wayne Rooney is no longer capable of leading the line and then there’s a lot of underwhelming options: Danny Ings, Rickie Lambert, Andy Carroll, Saido Berahino and Charlie Austin.
The Three Lions are hardly spoilt for choice, so why not give Rashford a shot?
No Pressure On Him
No one would really expect him to be a success in France this summer. Therefore, if he isn’t, so what?!