Manchester United’s teenage sensation, Marcus Rashford, has broken Wayne Rooney’s record. The lanky teenager from the United academy became England’s youngest player at a European Championship on Thursday when he broke Wayne Rooney’s record with his substitute appearance in the 2-1 win over Wales in Euro 2016.
MANUTD reports that the United striker was introduced on 73 minutes of the Group B encounter in France at the age of 18 years and 228 days – four days younger than his club and international captain Rooney was when he registered his first competition outing at Euro 2004.
Speaking after the final whistle, Rooney spoke to the BBC about Rashford’s impressive cameo performance and his Old Trafford team-mate breaking his own long-standing international record.
“He will be delighted,” he said. “I haven’t actually seen the players yet because I have been drug tested, so I am not allowed in the dressing room, but I am sure he is delighted and I am really pleased for him.
“I saw today that it was 112 days ago that he made his debut for Man United and he is now playing on the biggest stage for England. It is a great story and we are all pleased for him.”
Kudos should go to the Manchester United Academy for Marcus Rashford’s emergence, first, on the central stage at the Old Trafford turf . . .
Up Man U!