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Marcus Rashford is too young for the Euro squad: Roy Hodgson

By Mark Ogden

Roy Hodgson has admitted that Marcus Rashford has progressed beyond being a surprise element at Manchester United and is now facing a glittering England career - but only after Euro 2016.

England manager Hodgson is set to name his 23-man squad for France 2016 on May 12 and there will be a place in the travelling party for captain Wayne Rooney, regardless of concerns over his form and fitness in recent weeks.

Rashford (18) is likely to miss out on making a late entry into the squad, despite bursting onto the scene at United with seven goals in 13 appearances

The Manchester-born forward has retained his place in Louis van Gaal's team and scored decisive goals in victories against Arsenal, Manchester City and West Ham United, but Hodgson believes that France will come too soon for Rashford, even though he admits to being impressed by his performances for United.

"I am sure that if there were enough spaces available and if we were taking 30, we'd certainly probably be considering him (Rashford), but when it's 23 and we've already got a bit of a headache with the front players, in terms of who can we take, who we might have to leave out to put another one in there, who is 18 years of age, is asking a lot," said Hodgson.

"I have been impressed with him, but as far as the senior national team is concerned, I think it would be a very bold decision to put him in and I think it would mean possibly leaving someone behind who at the moment, in my opinion, has more reason to be called up.

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