Marcus Rashford hails from Wythenshawe, Manchester, England and he was raised by his mother, Mel Rashford. He started training at the 5-year-old and joined the ‘Fletcher Moss Rangers,’ a junior football club. Soon caught the eye of all due to his God gifted talent and played alongside his current teammates, such as Cameron Borthwick–Jackson and Tyler Blackett.
Marcus talent didn’t go unnoticed and at the age of 7, Rashford was enrolled at the academy of the prestigious club ‘Manchester United.’ In recent times Marcus Rashford has grown leaps and bound by coming into his own as a Manchester United goal scorer. The young player is the academy product who has scored on regular intervals this season and has been hitting his groove over the last 12 months under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The youngster was also voted Manchester United’s Player of the Month for November 2019, in appreciation of his significant form.
He stole the limelight when he scored his first-team debut at the ‘UEFA Europa League and followed by another superb goal in his first ‘Premier League’ against ‘Arsenal’ in February 2016. He followed the impressive form by scoring in his debut in the ‘Manchester derby match,’ the ‘League Cup,’ as well as ‘UEFA Champions League. Rashford has been termed as the ‘Wonder Kid” of the English football league and one of the reasons being his natural at attacking his opponents with powerful shots since an early age. In May 2016, Marcus also became the youngest player of England to score in his first international match as a senior.
Rashford made International debut in the ‘UEFA Euro 2016 when he featured in a warm-up match against Australia, Marcus went on to score the opening goal, which resulted in clinching a 2–1 win and in doing so become the youngest English player to do so in an international debut. He went on to break Wayne Rooney’s ‘UEFA Euro 2004’ record by four days, to become the youngest player ever to represent England at the ‘European Championships.’ He achieved this feat by debuting at the age of 18, as a substitute for Adam Lallana, in a 2–1 win over ‘Wales’ at the ‘UEFA Euro 2016.’
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford captained England for the first-time last night beat Romania 1-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game. Marcus converted a 68th-minute penalty after manager Gareth Southgate made nine changes to the team that beat Austria in the last match. This goal was an iconic moment for the captain as he scored his 100th professional goal as a player and out of which he has scored 88 for Manchester United so far. Rashford now has 12 international goals, with this penalty taking him up to 100 for club and country. This is more than David Beckham and Eric Cantona, both of who he overtook this past season, netting 21 club goals in 2020/21.
The story could have been different if Jordan Henderson would not have missed a penalty with 12 minutes remaining. England Manager gave full debuts to Ben Godfrey, Ben White and Sam Johnstone at the Riverside. Though England struggled to test Romania goalkeeper Florin Nita, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jadon Sancho struck the crossbar in a drab first-half display. It has been a long time for coach Gareth Southgate to be convinced of Jack Grealish’s talent to be a part of the England national team, but the Aston Villa midfielder now looks all set to get his chance at Euro 2020.
It wasn’t a vintage display from Grealish, in his seventh appearance, but he was lively throughout and ultimately created the moment that secured victory. Southgate was quoted saying “We’ve seen with Jack in the two games that he has those moments where he can really turn matches.” He obviously did that from the left in this instance. We pushed him out there by that stage so it has been very useful for him to get those match minutes under his belt, to get closer to full match sharpness. That’s been valuable for several of the players as well.”
England boss Gareth Southgate is yet to pick a replacement for Trent Alexander-Arnold, who suffered a Euro 2020-ending thigh injury, with Ward-Prowse and Jesse Lingard considered to be contenders to take the Liverpool defender’s spot.
For the first time in the history of the European Championships, the tournament will be hosted across 11 cities in the continent. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Euros was postponed to 2021, and will kick start from June 11 to July 11. The teams are divided into six groups of four teams each and the top two sides from each group will enter the Round of 16.
Euro 2020 consists of six groups as follows:
Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia
Group D: England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic
Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia