Louis van Gaal says Marcus Rashford shouldn’t be judged by his age if he is good enough to make the England squad to Euro 2016.
The 18-year old has been a revelation at Old Trafford over the last three games and has emerged as a shock candidate for a place in the Euros this summer.
England coach Roy Hodgson has confirmed that the youngster is in his plans and won’t rule him in or out of contention for a place in France.
Rashford was only playing for the Manchester United U18’s earlier this season but given his performances in his first three games for the club, which has seen him score four goals, it is now a possibility that he could make the England squad to the tournament.
Rashford has already represented his country at Under 16 and Under 18 level, and Van Gaal said: ‘I think that Mr Hodgson has answered the question. It is never too early, I have said that a lot of times. Age is not important. It’s the quality.’
After four goals in his first two games, Rashford drew a blank in Wednesday’s win over Watford and it remains to be seen if he keeps his place at West Brom on Sunday following Anthony Martial’s return from injury.
A number of United’s injured players are expected back over the course of the next few weeks which will give Van Gaal a selection problem after seeing his team pick up four straight wins.