Marcus Rashford (born 31 October 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Manchester United and the England national team.
A Manchester United player from the age of seven, he scored on both his first-team debut and first Premier League game in February 2016. He also scored in his first Manchester derby game.
Rashford scored on his England debut in May 2016, becoming the youngest English player to score in his first senior international game. He was chosen for UEFA Euro 2016.
Born in Wythenshawe, Manchester, Rashford began playing football for Fletcher Moss Rangers at the age of five and joined the academy system at Manchester United at the age of seven.
Rashford was named on the first-team bench for the first time on 21 November 2015 for a Premier League game against Watford, which Manchester United won 2–1. On 25 February 2016, Rashford was a late addition to the Manchester United starting line-up for their UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg tie against Midtjylland after Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up; Rashford marked his first-team debut with two goals in the second half of a 5–1 win. Rashford's goals made him Manchester United's youngest ever scorer in European competition, beating a record previously held by George Best. Rashford made his Premier League debut against Arsenal three days later; he again scored twice and provided the assist for the other goal in a 3–2 home victory, making him the third youngest scorer for United in Premier League history after Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck. On 20 March, Rashford scored the only goal in the Manchester derby, his team's first away league win over Manchester City since 2013. Aged just 18 years and 141 days, Rashford made his mark as the youngest ever scorer in a Manchester derby in the Premier League era.
On 30 May 2016, Rashford signed a new contract with United, keeping him at the club until 2020, with an option to extend for a further year.
Rashford's performances in his first senior season led to calls for him to represent England at UEFA Euro 2016. Manchester United academy coach Nicky Butt dismissed these calls, calling them premature and possibly harmful for the player's development. However, on 16 May, Rashford was named in Roy Hodgson's preliminary 26-man squad for the tournament. He became part of England's Euro 2016 squad less than four months after making his Manchester United debut.
On 27 May, he started in a warm-up game against Australia at the Stadium of Light, and scored the opening goal of a 2–1 win after three minutes, becoming the youngest Englishman to score on his international debut, and the third youngest overall. The previous youngest scoring debutant was Tommy Lawton in 1938.
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