Euro 2016: Will Marcus Rashford Gain From Daniel Sturridge Pain?

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford at Manchester City Football Academy, Manchester, May 25. Rashford could find himself going to the Euros if Daniel Sturridge's injury rules him out. Alex Livesey/Getty

Marcus Rashford “can knock someone off their perch,” Roy Hodgson said after selecting the 18-year-old striker for England’s provisional Euro 2016 squad. But, now, he may not have to.

Daniel Sturridge, the Liverpool striker, was expected to join forwards Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney on the plane to France this summer, with Rashford dropped from the squad.

But a calf strain to the injury-prone Sturridge may see Hodgson with no choice but to allocate a seat to Rashford, who only made his first-team debut for Manchester United in February. Sturridge reportedly had a scan on Tuesday and sat out training on Wednesday.

Hodgson was due to give Rashford his England debut when they play Australia in a friendly at the Stadium of Light on Friday. The audition may not be necessary, though.

England’s first game of the group stage comes on June 11 in Marseille when Hodgson’s team takes on Russia.

Hodgson selected a 26-man squad for three pre-tournament friendlies, but will have to drop three players before the deadline on Tuesday.