MANCHESTER UNITED star Marcus Rashford should go to Euro 2016 with England, according to Danny Mills.
Rashford scored the Red Devils’ opener in their 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final replay victory over West Ham with a superb finish.
The 18-year-old striker has been in sensational form since making his debut for United at the end of February, scoring six goals in 11 appearances to put himself in contention for a shock late call-up to Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad.
England already have a number of attacking options for the tournament in France, with United captain Wayne Rooney, Tottenham star Harry Kane, Leicester hitman Jamie Vardy and Arsenal duo Danny Welbeck Theo Walcott all in contention, as well as Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool.
But Mills believes Rashford deserves a place on the plane and could have a similar impact to that of Michael Owen at the 1998 World Cup.
Mills told BBC Radio 5 Live: “He hasn’t got that much less international experience than Jamie Vardy – Michael Owen didn’t do too badly when he was inexperienced at the 1998 World Cup.
“He’s in great form. Why not take him as a substitute over the likes of Daniel Sturridge?”
United boss Louis van Gaal – who rarely offers individual accolades – was also full of praise for the teenager, saying:
“He is scoring so many important goals but he can cope with that attention and focus.
“It was a great goal. I was behind him on the bench and saw the view, the gap and the corner and I shouted: ‘Shoot!’ but to do it is much more difficult. It was a great goal and a great dribble.”
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic also recognised the quality of Rashford’s strike, adding: “He did it in the derby before. He had a lot to do. He didn’t give the defender any chance and the finish was magnificent.”
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