JORDAN Thompson is tipping Marcus Rashford to be a surprise inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s England squad.
The Three Lions manager will announce his 23 players on Monday morning and Rashford’s former Manchester United teammate thinks the striker should be on the plane to France.
Thompson came through the ranks with him at the Premier League club and has stayed in touch with him as he’s broken into Louis van Gaal’s first-team.
Rashford has netted seven goals in his first season and inspired the Northern Irishman, he said:
“While he [Marcus] is younger than me I can still look up to him playing in the Premier League and I just want to take my chance if I get it next year.”
“It’s brilliant seeing those boys do well, I love seeing it, my other mate Joe Riley is at United too and he made his debut in the Europa League.
“These are boys I was playing with last year and they are all going ahead now and skipping the under 21s and going straight into the first-team and it’s brilliant to see.
“I played with him at United and we’re friends, we still speak now.
“Marco was always brilliant on the ball and he just had to get better off it and improve his work rate, which he has learnt from playing with the first-team.
“He has taken the game by the scruff of its neck whenever he has played.
“Marcus is still learning the game, he is only 18, but he is at one of the biggest clubs in the world so I don’t see why he couldn’t go to the Euros to get experience.”
“He is scoring a lot of goals now so why he couldn’t go and he has all the ability in the world so he could make an impact.”
Thompson’s home country will star in the European Championships for the first time this summer.
The midfielder plays for his national team at Under-19 level and despite desperate attempts to go to France he’s admitted defeat.
“I would love to be out there watching Northern Ireland but I can’t get tickets!”
“I think the whole nation will be watching and I can’t wait for the competition to start, neither can the country.”