England U21s' Marcus Rashford aiming to 'keep the ball rolling'

Wednesday 07 Sep 2016
Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford made a dream debut for England Under-21s on Tuesday, as his hat-trick helped the Three Lions to a 6-1 win over Norway.

The Manchester United striker was included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the first time as they prepared for what was a crucial Euro Qualifier.

And he opened the scoring in Colchester with a first-half finish, before completing his treble with a well-taken second and a penalty after the break.

England 6-1 Norway

UEFA European U21 Championship
Group 9 Qualifier
Tuesday 6 September 2016
Colchester Community Stadium
Live on BT Sport

"It was a good debut to have and I thought the whole team worked hard for the whole 90 minutes, so we got what we deserved with the end result," he told FATV after the game.

"We knew they [Norway] had some good players going forward and we had to try and keep them quiet.

"That’s football for you and every opponent that you play against has decent quality and it’s nothing that we didn’t expect going into the game."

Rashford linked up with the U21s last week in order to begin preparations for the match, on the back of scoring a winning goal for Manchester United in their victory at Hull City before the international week began.

And the 18-year-old is hoping to keep his good form going with plenty of confidence to take from Tuesday’s win, which puts Southgate’s side even closer to securing their spot at next summer’s Euro Finals.

"In football, a lot of it is about momentum and I’m hoping to just keep the ball rolling so it was a good result for the team and for me individually," he admitted.

"It’s been a great week, everyone’s been good and has welcomed me to the group and whenever I’m chosen to come here, it’s always a great honour."

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels in Colchester