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England’s Roy Hodgson: ‘Marcus Rashford did well but I wasn’t surprised’

• Manchester United’s 18-year-old scored early in 2-1 win over Australia
• ‘He’s done his chances of coming in the final 23 no harm,’ says Hodgson

Roy Hodgson acknowledged that Marcus Rashford had done his hopes of being a member of England’s squad for the European Championship in France a power of good after the 18-year-old Manchester United striker scored on his international debut on Friday night.

“I am pleased with him,” said England’s coach, who saw Rashford’s third-minute volley set England on the way to a 2-1 win against Australia in Sunderland. “He’s done his chances of coming in the final 23 no harm. But he wouldn’t have been in the 26 if I didn’t think he had a chance. I guess it [the debut goal] will chop a few trees down tomorrow. I thought Marcus did well – but I wasn’t nervous about him or surprised how well he played.”

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