Roy Hodgson says leaving Marcus Rashford out of Euro 2016 will be difficult after striker scored after 138 seconds against Australia 

Roy Hodgson has indicated that it will be very difficult to leave Marcus Rashford out of his 23-man squad that will travel to the European Championship in France next month. 

The Manchester United teenager's volley after just 138 seconds made him the youngest player to score on an England debut before Wayne Rooney added a second to beat Australia 2-1.

And Rashford's whirlwind season is now set for a dream ending in France after Hodgson hinted that the 18-year-old will make his final squad.

Marcus Rashford celebrates after he put England ahead in the first half after just 138 seconds on Friday night

Marcus Rashford celebrates after he put England ahead in the first half after just 138 seconds on Friday night

His goal made him the youngest player to score during an England debut and he took his goal very well

His goal made him the youngest player to score during an England debut and he took his goal very well

The England boss said: 'You asked me before the game if I thought he would be up for it and would be able to deal with the situation and I think we got a resounding yes to that question and I'm really pleased for him.

'Will he be in the squad? Let's wait and see I have got until Tuesday, but on that performance he wouldn't be out of place in anybody's 23.

'He has done his chances of coming in the 23 no harm. He wouldn't have been in 26 if I didn't think he had a chance.'

Rashford's team-mates mobbed him when he scored to put his side ahead in the first half against Australia

Rashford's team-mates mobbed him when he scored to put his side ahead in the first half against Australia

The 18-year-old's performance has raised further question marks over the merits of Daniel Strurridge making the plane to France.

The Liverpool striker did not feature at all on Friday after failing to recover from a niggling calf problem.

Sturridge has not trained since joining up with the England squad, however, it is understood the striker will be fit enough to take part in training on Monday.

Hodgson, though, has refused to rule out selecting the former Chelsea striker despite the fears over his fitness.

Rashford looked incredibly calm playing in his first senior game for England and handled the occasion well

Rashford looked incredibly calm playing in his first senior game for England and handled the occasion well

All eyes were on Rashford after his manager Hodgson had said everyone would be wanting to him on Friday

All eyes were on Rashford after his manager Hodgson had said everyone would be wanting to him on Friday

'Whether Sturridge is in the squad is not dependant on whether he trains on Monday.

'If it turns out that the injury would keep him out for the Euros and unfit for the first game against Russia, that might make a difference,' said Hodgson.

'But I have no indication it is serious enough to keep him out. He is a quality player.'

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was also very impressed with the performance of Rashford.

He said: 'I guess he's on that wave now where he feels pretty good about himself.

'Strikers thrive on goals and he took his goal well. Aside from that I thought we handled him okay, but he gets measured on goals and he got one.'

Meanwhile, Hodgson allayed fears over the fitness of first-choice centre-back Chris Smalling after the defender limped off in the second half, insisting he was merely suffering with cramp.

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