Marcus Rashford’s England Under-21 debut which culminated with a hat-trick has given manager Sam Allardyce “food for thought”, according to U-21 coach Gareth Southgate.
The Manchester United striker, 18, has scored on his debuts in the Premier League, Europa League, England’s senior international side and now the U-21s.
However, Rashford had been excluded from the England senior squad in their World Cup qualifying match against Slovakia.
“I wasn’t surprised in any way,” said Southgate after Rashford’s three goals in the 6-1 win against Norway.
“What we saw all week from him, we saw tonight. I couldn’t have been happier with the way he approached everything.”
“I’ll speak to Sam in the next couple of days, I’m sure it’s given him food for thought.”
Rashford was the youngest debutant, and also the quickest to score on his full international debut against Australia in May this year. He also scored the winner for United against Hull City in his only Premier League appearance this season after being excluded from United’s first two games.
Chelsea trio Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Lewis Baker also scored for England, in an impressive display at Colchester.
The comfortable win means Gareth Southgate’s men are now two points clear of Switzerland at the top of their U-21 World Cup qualifying group, with two games left to play and a game in hand against their nearest opponents.