Marcus Rashford dropped down to the England U-21 squad after a lack of game-time at Manchester United.

The 18-year-old was a rare bright spot under Louis van Gaal last season and was a surprise inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016.

However, since Jose Mourinho took over at Old Trafford Rashford has only featured once – in the Community Shield when he came on as a substitute for the last 20 minutes in the 2-1 win over Leicester.

He will now play for the Young Lions in the Under 21 European Championship qualifier against Norway in Colchester on Tuesday, September 6. Manager Gareth Southgate said: “Marcus Rashford is a young player and still developing, so this is a big part of his international education.”

Also in the squad are Arsenal’s Calum Chambers, Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Leicester’s Demarai Gray.

Sam Allardyce will name his first senior England squad on Sunday.

Allardyce has already hinted that he will drop Marcus Rashford from England’s first squad if the forward continues to miss a place at Man United.

Manchester United boss Mourinho has not been fond of utilising talented youth products at the various clubs he has managed, and his decision to loan out Andreas Pereira echoes that sentiment.

Should Rashford find himself on the bench a little too often for his liking, there will surely be a long list of suitors fighting amongst themselves to secure a loan move.

 

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