England will learn the full details surrounding the injury suffered by Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford during the FA Cup final when the 18-year-old links up with Roy Hodgson's squad today [23 May]. Rashford was substituted after 72 minutes of the 2-1 extra time win over Crystal Palace at Wembley with a knee problem but the Old Trafford club insists the blow is not serious.
Hodgson is however unaware as to the extent of the fitness concern and will wait for the youngster to be assessed by England's chief medical staff. Rashford will travel to the national team's base at the City Football Academy where he is likely to undergo treatment.
With Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy missing the upcoming friendly against Australia on Friday [27 May] in order to get married, and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane an expected starter at the European Championships, a fully fit Rashford could make his international debut at the Stadium of Light. Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney, neither of whom featured in the 2-1 win over Turkey are however likely to start the game.
"You might want to ask me about Rashford's fitness and I would have to answer that I do not know," Hodgson told reporters of the United forward after victory in the first of three pre-Euro 2016 warm-up games at the Etihad Stadium. "We believe that it is not a serious injury but he took a nasty knock and we will have to wait until tomorrow to see how he turns up."
Should Rashford appear either in Sunderland or against Portugal on 2 June at Wembley, he would become the 10th youngest player to represent England. Hodgson has however already indicated that Rashford will be cut from his provisional squad for the finals in France despite scoring eight goals since making his first team debut for United in February.
Of the senior strikers included by Hodgson, the most at risk appears to be Sturridge, who has endured another injury-plagued season with Liverpool. The 26-year-old made consecutive Premier League starts for the Reds just three times last term and it remains to be seen whether he can prove his fitness ahead of the tournament campaign which could see England play seven times in five-and-a-half weeks.