Marcus Rashford hopes he has sent a message to José Mourinho and the watching Sam Allardyce after his hat-trick on his England Under-21s debut helped the Young Lions to a 6-1 rout of Norway.
The Manchester United forward was left out of Allardyce’s first senior England squad for their 1-0 win in Slovakia on Sunday, despite playing at Euro 2016 and scoring on his debut against Australia in May. But his goals, including a penalty to complete the treble, powered the Under-21s to within one win of qualifying for Euro 2017 and Rashford is hopeful Allardyce will have taken notice.
The goals mean Rashford will head into the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Saturday on a high and he wants to use his performance as a reminder to Mourinho. He added: “That’s all you want to do as a young player, give your manager a decision about whether to play you. I’m just looking forward to it.”