Manchester United starlet Rashford in England U20 squad for Keepmoat Stadium friendly

Marcus Rashford will not be fast-tracked into Roy Hodgson's squad as the Manchester United teenager will spend the international break with England's Under-20s.

Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 6:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 6:41 pm
Marcus Rashford

Rashford has been named in Keith Downing’s 20-man squad to face Canada in a friendly at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium on March 27.

The 18-year-old has rapidly gone from unknown to one of the country’s most feted young players after a remarkable start to life at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial’s injury ahead of last month’s Europa League tie with FC Midtjylland saw Rashford thrown in at the deep end - an opportunity the striker capitalised on in style, netting twice as United won the do-or-die last-32 second leg 5-1.

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Rashford followed that up by netting another double at Old Trafford as title hopefuls Arsenal were defeated 3-2.

The teenager has now started six successive United matches, leading to talk of a late place in the Euro 2016 squad - fuelled in part by England boss Hodgson refusing to rule the striker out of contention.

The striker has so far won two caps at both under-16 and 18 levels.

Ashley Fletcher, on loan from Manchester United at Barnsley, is also in the under-20s squad.

England Under-20s squad to face Canada at the Keepmoat Stadium on Easter Sunday:

Goalkeepers: Angus Gunn (Manchester City) Ted Smith (Southend United),

Defenders: Ola Aina (Chelsea), Mason Holgate (Everton), Reece Burke (Bradford City – on loan from West Ham), Harry Toffolo (Peterborough – on loan from Norwich City), Jake Cooper (Reading), Kean Bryan (Manchester City),

Midfielders: Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur), Bryn Morris (Walsall – on loan from Middlesbrough), Joe Williams (Everton), Charlie Colkett (Chelsea), James Maddison (Coventry - on loan from Norwich), Kasey Palmer (Chelsea).

Forwards: Ryan Kent (Liverpool), Brandon Barker (Manchester City), Alex Gilliead (Carlisle Utd - on loan from Newcastle), Ashley Fletcher (Barnsley - on loan from Manchester United), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Rees Greenwood (Sunderland).