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Marcus Rashford hopes treble will impress England boss Sam Allardyce and Jose Mourinho

Hat-trick hero Marcus Rashford hopes he has sent a message to Sam Allardyce and Jose Mourinho after his glittering England Under-21 debut.

The Manchester United striker scored three in front of senior boss Allardyce to help the Young Lions to a 6-1 rout of Norway in an U21 Euro qualifier.

"It means a lot (that Allardyce was here). It's the England seniors, there is a new manager and they are doing well," he said.

Rashford will now head into the Manchester derby on Saturday on a high and he wants to use his performance as a reminder to United boss Mourinho.

"That's all you want to do as a young player, give your manager a decision about whether to play you. I'm just looking forward to it," he added.

Meanwhile, former England captain Peter Shilton believes Wayne Rooney should have retired from national team duty after the Euro 2016 exit to Iceland.

Retired goalkeeper Shilton, whose England record of 125 caps is likely to be broken by Rooney, said: "I don't think he's a striker any more.

"He should have retired after the Euros. It's not because he could break my record. If he does and he plays well, fine."

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