Danny Mills backs Marcus Rashford for squad

Former England defender Danny Mills says that Roy Hodgson should consider including Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford the squad over the likes of Daniel Sturridge.

Recent reports appeared to suggest that Hodgson will not consider taking the 18-year-old to the Euro 2016. Rashford came to prominence only a few months ago and has already become an established first-team player at United. However, his presence in the first-team may be down to the injuries faced by Wayne Rooney more than anything else. Rashford has tried to stake his claim by scoring some crucial goals including the winner in the Manchester derby.

However, he is seen as a player of very little top-level experience to make a major impact at a tournament like the Euro 2016. He may bring the element of surprise to the party, but Hodgson has a number of options up front that he is expected to go with experienced candidates. Even if Rooney misses out due to injury and poor form, Hodgson can choose likes of Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Sturridge, and Andy Carroll. All these players have been in fine form in the last few months. Mills says that even Vardy does not have much international experience but he is on the verge of securing a place on the back of his impressive form at Leicester City.

Mills wants to apply the same criteria to Rashford.“He [Rashford] hasn’t got that much less international experience than Jamie Vardy. Vardy’s only played a handful of games and he is certain to go.Michael Owen didn’t do too bad when he was inexperienced and went to a World Cup, did he? Young players? It doesn’t matter if they’re good enough.You could say he is not experienced enough to start for Manchester United, but he is and he is scoring great goals. He’s in great form,” said Mills.