Ian Wright: Why I changed my mind on Man United striker Marcus Rashford

"The way he holds the ball up and the pace. He’s top class," says Arsenal legend Ian Wright

Ian Wright has admitted that he is a keen admirer of Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford and believes that he could end up playing a role for England at Euro 2016.

The 18-year-old forward has earned plenty of new admirers since breaking into the Red Devils’ first team under Louis van Gaal this season.

Rashford scored four goals in two starts for the Red Devils earlier in the campaign and has earned praise for his fearless attacking style of play.

The teenager has been named in Roy Hodgson’s initial 26-man squad to travel to France for the European championships this summer.

And although Arsenal legend Wright admitted that he was not fully convinced by the 18-year-old at first, he has been forced to change his mind about the striker.

Speaking to ITV Sport on Sunday after England’s 2-1 win over Turkey, Wright said: “Harry Kane has cemented himself as the number one guy in that position.

“He plays it the best out of the other guys we’ve got. We’ve still got Daniel Sturridge who can come in but the only person I can see who is going to cause Kane some problems in that role up there is young Rashford.

“The movement he’s got… At first I was saying we shouldn’t take him because I don’t want to rush him in but I’ve watched him in the last three or four games and I watched him again yesterday [in the FA Cup final].

“He’s good. The way he takes it on, his movement. The way he holds the ball up and the pace. He’s top class.”

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The striker has scored a total of eight goals and made two assists for United this season.

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