Marcus Rashford gets his England chance with Euro 2016 place at stake

Manchester United striker will make his debut against Australia on Friday evening 92 days after his club bow and with plenty to play for

The last time England played Australia, in February 2003, the occasion was memorable for the debut of a freckle-faced Liverpudlian who has not done too badly for his country since cadging a lift from his Uncle Eugene to the team hotel and managing to fall asleep when he should have been downstairs for his first get-together.

Wayne Rooney’s first impressions of the England squad, once someone had “fetched a spare key from reception, opened my bedroom door then shaken me awake”, was that it was a cliquey world – “Manchester United’s players sitting together and the Liverpool players on another table” – where the standard of training was better than anything he had ever been used to at Everton. England were trailing 2-0 when he came on as a half-time substitute. Rooney set up the goal for Francis Jeffers, another debutant, but England lost 3-1, ignominiously, and the night was notable for an unusual occurrence: Sven Goran Eriksson losing his temper. “Sven was understandably angry,” Rooney recalls.

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