Marcus Rashford could be going to Euro 2016 and not everyone is convinced


Hardly anyone had heard of Marcus Rashford at the start of the year - now he might be going to Euro 2016.

The meteoric rise of Manchester United's teenage striker bumped up another level after he was included on Monday in England boss Roy Hodgson's provisional 26-man squad for this summer's tournament in France.

There's always one name that sticks out when these squads are named and Rashford's name was immediately the most debated on Twitter as he was selected over the likes of Jermain Defoe - who played a central role in keeping Sunderland up and has done it before in England colours.

Rashford will still have to survive a cut of three players to make the final squad and his inclusion in this 26-man party could be put down to giving him experience ahead of a tournament.

This is a guy who wasn't even born when England held the tournament and made the semi-finals in 1996.

Rashford made his United debut less than three months ago and he's uncapped at England level.

His selection has drawn comparisons to Michael Owen - who blitzed the 1998 World Cup - but also Theo Walcott, who was given a similar opportunity by Sven Goran Eriksson at the 2006 World Cup but never appeared.

Walcott's international career hasn't really gone from strength to strength since the premature selection.

The Arsenal forward has also missed out on this squad, with Newcastle's Andros Townsend getting the nod ahead of him. Cue more angry Twitter chat.

West Ham fans seemed the most aggrieved as Mark Noble, Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll all missed out, while some Hammers also have a soft spot for Defoe after his time at the club.

England did do pretty well with a team full of Hammers once upon a time.