Date: 26th August 2016 at 8:11am
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Which is hardly a surprise, even if he went to Euro 2016 with England, is it given his lack of involvement at club level for United so far this season.

Marcus Rashford wouldn’t be expected in new England boss Sam Allardyce’s first squad as a result, which he names on Sunday when we’ll find out if Wayne Rooney retains his captaincy of his country.

This call up to the U21 side isn’t viewed as him ‘being dropped’ or a demotion at all though with Gareth Southgate telling the

‘Last season, his pathway was remarkable and we’re very conscious of plotting how we develop our young players. We spoke a lot with Manchester United last season when we put him in the U20s in March, which both they and we felt was the right thing at the time. He then continued his progress, which was great, and of course he played a part in Roy’s squad at the Euros.’

As Rashford isn’t likely to be as heavily involved with United this season under Jose Mourinho as he had to end last season under Louis van Gaal it was added by Southgate those selected by Allardyce will mostly be selected only if playing regularly at club level.

He’s not alone in dropping back to the U21 side as plenty of others have done that in the past with this match against Norway one he’s challenged to make the most of.

‘We’ve got a good week’s work ahead with a very strong squad and we’re playing Norway, who are doing similar with their players as they’ve just named Martin Odegaard in their squad. We’ve had it in the past with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, John Stones and Calum Chambers joining us after being with the seniors, so it’s something we’re familiar with. Marcus has a good mentality, so I know he’ll respond in the right way and we’re looking forward to working with him.’

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