London - Striker Marcus Rashford is likely
to make his England debut against Australia on Friday after joining up with the
Euro 2016 squad although manager Roy Hodgson said the teenager does not have
long to make an impact.
"The amount of time we're going to
have with him is very, very short," Hodgson was quoted as saying by
British media on Monday, having included the 18-year-old Manchester United
player in a provisional 26-man list for next month's finals in France.
He must cut three players from that squad
by May 31.
"There's no doubt I think I made the
right decision putting him in this large group because the lad has enormous
talent and you will know from my past record that I'm not afraid to give young
players a chance. I don't dismiss them on the basis of their age," he
"But you will also know full well that
where he is playing we actually have a lot of competition for places and there
isn't an awful lot of chance for him to stamp his authority on myself and the
coaching staff, because there is such a short period of time."
Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy played up front
in Sunday's 2-1 friendly win over fellow finalists Turkey at the Etihad
stadium, while forwards Wayne Rooney, the captain, and Daniel Sturridge have
also joined the squad after playing in club finals.
Rashford had to go off in the second half
of Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup final triumph over Crystal Palace at Wembley with what
appeared to be a knee injury but he is in contention to play in the friendly
with Australia at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.
"I am ruling nothing out and I thought
his performance in the FA Cup final was very good. I'm delighted I shall be
seeing him but we will have to wait to see whether I will be seeing a lot of
him in the summer," added Hodgson.
Rashford, who has scored eight goals in 18
games for United since his debut in the Europa League against FC Midtjylland in
February, reported for training on Monday with his United team-mates Rooney and
Liverpool's Sturridge, Adam Lallana, James
Milner and Nathaniel Clyne also linked up with the squad following their Europa
League final defeat by Sevilla last week.
"I'm not planning an experimental team
but we have only three preparation games and already quite a lot of people –
seven players – have missed the first one," Hodgson said after England's
win over Turkey.
England's final warm-up is against fellow
finalists Portugal at Wembley on June 2. They have been drawn with Russia,
Slovakia and Wales in Group B of the 24-team tournament.