Manchester United prodigy Marcus Rashford played his first game for the England Under-21s this evening – and scored a hat-trick.
The 18-year-old has proved himself time and again since scoring a stunning brace for United on his debut in February against Midtjylland in the Europa League. He also scored in his first appearance in the Premier League and senior England team.
This latest display in a European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Norway earned him a man-of-the-match-award and thousands have taken to Twitter in appreciation of his performance.
Marcus Rashford is exactly what English football needs⚽️🔥— James Turnbull (@jamessturnbull) September 6, 2016
Marcus Rashford🔥🔥🔥🔥— José Retes (@JoseRetess) September 6, 2016
Marcus rashford appreciation tweet— snox (@JoeCox_6) September 6, 2016
Many think his demotion to England’s Under-21s shouldn’t last long.
Incredible to think Marcus Rashford scored a hat-trick on his under-21 debut when the chances are he won't be playing for them again #ENGU21— Benjamin Oxtoby (@BenOxtoby) September 6, 2016
Get Marcus Rashford in the England senior squad— CallumHeadon (@CallumHeadon) September 6, 2016
There’s advice for United manager Jose Mourinho before Saturday’s Manchester derby too.
Marcus Rashford just killing it. Jose take note!— George... (@G_Priestman) September 6, 2016
Rashford to start ahead of Martial on Saturday for me ... #MUFC— Jeff Coote (@jeff_coote1) September 6, 2016
Love to see Rashford start on Saturday, Martial or Rooney (unlikely) to the bench #mufc— Michael Haddrell (@michaelhaddrell) September 6, 2016
Some started drawing comparisons.
Marcus rashford reminds me of a young Michael Owen, just not at his level but he will surpass— evolei (@yungabri3l) September 6, 2016
Marcus Rashford is becoming another Andy Cole! #mufc— IG: @ieatmywages 🍗🍟🍕 (@KishanU14) September 6, 2016
While others have words of caution…
People going on about #Rashford like hes gonna be England's Messi. He got 2 deflections and a penalty. Needs to be calmed down a bit— Dan Thorne (@dthorne58) September 6, 2016
Wherever you think Rashford’s future may take him though, there’s no doubt he must be enjoying the present an awful lot…
Has anybody pinched Marcus Rashford yet, he is living the dream! @MarcusRashford— Kai Gorman 🦍 (@KayGeeM9) September 6, 2016
Marcus Rashford's life 😦😦😦— Chaté.M 🐐 (@Chatnovski) September 6, 2016
Good week away 👍🏾 pic.twitter.com/qYpRX7kRwS— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) September 6, 2016