'Rashford short of time to make impact'

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford could make his England debut against Australia on Friday, but manager Roy Hodgson says the striker has little time to make an impact.

Rashford, 18, played his first Manchester United game in February and has scored eight goals in 17 matches.

“The amount of time we’re going to have with him is very, very short,” Hodgson, 68, said.

Hodgson has until 31 May to name his final 23-man squad for Euro 2016, which starts in France on 10 June.

Rashford scored twice on his Red Devils debut in the Europa League against FC Midtjylland after being drafted into the starting XI following an injury to Anthony Martial.

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He also found the net twice in a 3-2 win over Arsenal and became the youngest scorer in a Manchester derby in the Premier League era with his winner against City in March.

England beat Turkey 2-1 on Sunday and have two more friendly matches – against Australia and Portugal on 2 June – before their first Euro 2016 Group B match against Russia on 11 June.

Hodgson added: “There is 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.

“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.”

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