The Ridiculous Rise of Marcus Rashford continues today with the news that he has made Roy Hodgson's final 23-man England squad for the 2016 European Championship in France. Rashford, who scored within three minutes of making his debut for his country last week, is one of five forwards in the travelling party and will, at this rate of progress, end the summer as England captain, European champion and Pope.
Still holding onto the captaincy for now, however, is Rashford clubmate Wayne Rooney, who has -- surprise! -- also made the squad. The only other United player included is Chris Smalling, who will probably start in central defence.
Disappointment, then, for Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young, none of whom really stood a chance of getting into the squad after problems with (respectively) injuries, an injury, old age, and Hodgson apparently thinking he's not very good. Congrats go to ex-United player Tom Heaton, however; England can't have taken that many Burnley players to major tournaments.
Full squad: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester).