The Manchester United striker has revealed how his former manager broke the news he would be going to France after whispers at the training ground
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has revealed the immense buzz around his call-up to the England squad for Euro 2016 and how Louis van Gaal broke the news to him.
The 19-year-old striker, who burst onto scene in the 2015-16 campaign after only making his first-team debut in February, did enough to work his way into then-manager Roy Hodgson’s plans for the tournament in France.
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And Rashford has lifted the lid on how he found out about the news in May 2016, with former United boss Van Gaal having told him immediately after a training session.
He told The Players’ Tribune: “A lot of people think I came out of nowhere. And to be honest, this past year has gone by so quickly that I still can’t believe it myself sometimes.
“One day during training with United last season, my team-mates told me that I’d been selected for the national team to go to Euro 2016. I literally didn’t believe it. I thought they were joking.
“I’d only just made my debut for Manchester United a few months before. Phil Jones came up to me as we were heading into the changing rooms and said, ‘I’m tellin’ ya mate, you’re going to France’.
“As I made my way into the building, some of the staff were telling me the same thing. When I got my mobile phone out of my locker, there were messages from my friends, my brothers, my mum, all saying the same thing: England!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“At that point, I was buzzing, but still kind of confused. And then my manager at the time, Louis van Gaal, walked up to me. ‘Quick word?’ I didn’t know what to think.
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“I mean, I had expected to play with the under-21s, but what he told me was massive. ‘The national team phoned,’ he said. ‘Go and enjoy yourself.’ That was it. I was going to France.”
Rashford made two appearances for the Three Lions in France before they were knocked out by Iceland at the last-16 stage, while he has featured in 38 games in all competitions for United this season, scoring seven goals.