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Video - Marcus Rashford close to Euro 2016 dream as Roy Hodgson names 26-man squad

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Marcus Rashford
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The Manchester United youngster has been selected in England's Euro 2016 provisional 26-man squad ahead of the team's three pre-tournament friendlies.

The England manager has named a provisional squad which includes seven defenders, 11 midfielders and five forwards, along with the standard three goalkeepers:

This is how Hodgson summed up his selection of Rashford:

Hodgson has named a provisional party that includes 18-year-old Rashford, less than three months after he made his first-team debut for United.

The uncapped striker's impressive form has seen him fast-tracked into a group of forwards along with Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy, as Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll miss out.

Asked about Rashford's chances of featuring in his final 23-man squad, Hodgson told a press conference: "He's one of the contenders, of course.

"The competition is quite strong, he'll understand that. He deserves to be selected in this larger squad.

"It will be interesting to see what he can do, it may only be for one week, but I am pleased that he has had such a good end to the season.

"It's great to be able to include him. There's no reason why he can't knock someone off their perch, but it will be harder than some people might expect."

Rashford burst onto the scene with four goals on his first two senior United appearances, and has finished the season with seven goals in 16 games.

Rashford is joined in the squad by United teammates Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling.

Five Liverpool players have made the 26-man selection, including Jordan Henderson who only just returned from injury this weekend.

Another player not long back from a serious injury to make the squad is Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, while Championship-bound Newcastle see winger Andros Townsend selected.

Townsend, who won the last of his 10 caps in October, comes in following Danny Welbeck's knee injury, but there is no place for Theo Walcott.

Leicester's Danny Drinkwater, who impressed on his debut against Holland in March, is also included in the squad.

Phil Jagielka is the high-profile defensive absentee, with the Everton defender left out as Hodgson opted for a seven-man defence.

The only non-Premier League player to make the squad is Burnley's Tom Heaton, who will be Hodgson’s third-choice keeper at Euro 2016.