Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has lost his place in the senior England international squad.
Rashford had been the youngest player to score on his England debut when he volleyed in after only 138 seconds against Australia in May, aged 18 years and 208 days. He was subsequently named into Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad, making two substitute appearances as the team crashed out against Iceland.
He also scored eight goals in 18 games for United last season but has yet to feature under new boss Jose Mourinho in the current Premier League season. The Portuguese manager had opted to start Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney up front in United’s wins against Bournemouth and Southampton instead.
England Sam Allardyce has spoken to Gareth Southgate, the manager of England’s Under-21s, and the pair has decided that Rashford should not be involved in the senior team when the striker not played in the Premier League this season.
Rashford will instead play for his country’s Under-21 side after Allardyce decided that he does not have a place for the 18-year-old in England’s World Cup qualifying fixture against Slovakia next week.
England’s Under-21 squad:
Goalkeepers: Angus Gunn (Manchester City), Jordan Pickford (Sunderland), Joe Wildsmith (Sheffield Wednesday)
Defenders: Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Ben Chilwell (Leicester), Brendan Galloway (West Brom, loan from Everton), Kortney Hause (Wolves), Rob Holding (Arsenal), Mason Holgate (Everton), Dominic Iorfa (Wolves), Matt Targett (Southampton)
Midfielders: Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem, loan from Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Isaac Hayden (Newcastle), Will Hughes (Derby), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), John Swift (Reading), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Forwards: Demarai Gray (Leicester), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Dominic Solanke (Chelsea), Duncan Watmore (Sunderland)