Rashford makes England case with hat-trick

London, Wednesday

Sam Allardyce had been sat with his arms tightly folded, munching on a piece of gum, when suddenly his face lit up and he mouthed the approving words: “Well done, boy.”

If Marcus Rashford continues at this remarkable rate, it won’t be the last time the England manager finds himself lavishing praise on the Manchester United striker after he turned what threatened to be a routine evening in Colchester into something quite spectacular.

Rashford has made a habit of rising to the occasion, having marked his first appearances in the Europa League and Premier League—and for England—with goals, and his ambition was to maintain that remarkable sequence after dropping down to Under-21 level.

He did more than that, so much more. Rashford, thrillingly, showed why he is the hottest young talent in English football with a hat-trick in a 6-1 demolition of Norway and a performance that left a giddy Allardyce unable to conceal his glee and propelled the Under-21s to the brink of Euro 2017.

It is easy to identify the ones in Under-21 football who are heading inexorably to the top and Rashford is on that path; the touch, the size, the speed and the finishing, the 18-year-old looked like he could flick a switch at any given time and move up two more gears. –Dailymail

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