Euro U21 Qualifying - Group 9
England U21England U216Norway U21Norway U211

England U21 6-1 Norway U21

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford has scored once for England in three senior appearances

Marcus Rashford scored a hat-trick on his England Under-21 debut as they thrashed Norway in a European Under-21 Championship qualifier.

The Manchester United man has scored on his debuts in the Premier League and Europa League, as well as for England's senior side and now the U21s.

The 18-year-old struck from 18 yards before adding a deflected second and scoring a penalty for his third.

Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Lewis Baker also scored.

The comfortable win means Gareth Southgate's men are now two points clear of Switzerland at the top of their group, with two games left to play and a game in hand on their nearest opponents.

Norway, who made it 4-1 through a Ghayas Zahid header, remain third.

The top team in each group is assured of reaching next year's tournament in Poland, with the team finishing second going into a play-off.

Rashford's remarkable 2016
DateWhat happened?
25 Feb Scores twice on United debut against Midtjylland in the Europa League
28 Feb Scores another double on his Premier League bow in a 3-2 win over Arsenal
21 May Starts for United as they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the FA Cup final
27 May Scores three minutes into his England debut in a friendly against Australia
6 Sep Scores a hat-trick on his Under-21 debut in a 6-1 win over Norway

Rashford makes his case to start

After omitting him from his first senior squad before the recent World Cup qualifiers, England boss Sam Allardyce said Rashford's inclusion in England's Under-21s "will be invaluable for us later down the line".

The former Sunderland and Bolton boss also suggested that he would not pick players who were not playing regularly for their club sides.

"In the past, it's been a case of some of the players joining up who haven't played that much for their teams," said Allardyce. "That's a bit of a concern."

Rashford has played just 19 minutes in the Premier League this season, coming off the bench to score a late winner against Hull City.

Jose Mourinho's United have won all three of their league games this season and play Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

A performance to savour

With Allardyce watching, Rashford made a perfect start to his Under-21 career with a powerful run and finish for his first goal on 29 minutes.

He added his second with a deflected shot to put his side 4-0 up and then made it five from the penalty spot after his cross into the box was handled by a Norwegian defender.

Next year, Rashford would be eligible to play at both the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea, where England have already booked their place among the 24 competing nations, and the European Under-21 Championships in Poland.

The teenager told BT Sport: "It was a good debut to have and I thought Norway did well despite the scoreline. It was the first penalty I've scored since I turned professional, so that was my favourite goal."


England U21

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Gunn
  • 2Iorfa
  • 5Chambers
  • 6Hause
  • 3Targett
  • 4Chalobah
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 7Baker
  • 10Loftus-CheekSubstituted forWatmoreat 80'minutes
  • 11RedmondSubstituted forGrayat 81'minutes
  • 9RashfordSubstituted forAkpomat 84'minutes


  • 12Holding
  • 13Wildsmith
  • 14Hayden
  • 15Galloway
  • 16Gray
  • 17Watmore
  • 18Akpom

Norway U21

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Rossbach
  • 2Haraldseid
  • 18Berge
  • 3Jenssen
  • 5Grogaard
  • 21ElyounoussiSubstituted forThorsbyat 76'minutes
  • 8Fossum
  • 22SelnaesBooked at 50minsSubstituted forTrondsenat 68'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 20Møller DæhliSubstituted forZahidat 57'minutes
  • 11Odegaard
  • 9Sørloth


  • 6Trondsen
  • 10Zahid
  • 12Dyngeland
  • 15Rosted
  • 16Thorsby
  • 17Meling
  • 19Espejord

Match Stats

Home TeamEngland U21Away TeamNorway U21
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, England U21 6, Norway U21 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England U21 6, Norway U21 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Morten Thorsby (Norway U21).

  4. Post update

    Kortney Hause (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kristoffer Haraldseid (Norway U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Iver Fossum with a through ball.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Norway U21. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alexander Sørloth (Norway U21) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ghayas Zahid.

  8. Post update

    Kristoffer Haraldseid (Norway U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Chuba Akpom (England U21).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! England U21 6, Norway U21 1. Lewis Baker (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, England U21. Conceded by Thomas Grogaard.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, England U21. Chuba Akpom replaces Marcus Rashford.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Iver Fossum (Norway U21).

  14. Post update

    Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Offside, England U21. Demarai Gray tries a through ball, but Duncan Watmore is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Baker (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, England U21. Demarai Gray replaces Nathan Redmond.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, England U21. Duncan Watmore replaces Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

  20. Booking

    Anders Trondsen (Norway U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 6th September 2016

  • Wales U21Wales U211Luxembourg U21Luxembourg U211
  • England U21England U216Norway U21Norway U211
  • Latvia U21Latvia U210Montenegro U21Montenegro U210
  • Armenia U21Armenia U210Bulgaria U21Bulgaria U211
  • Azerbaijan U21Azerbaijan U211Faroe Islands U21Faroe Islands U211
  • Russia U21Russia U211Austria U21Austria U211
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina U21Bosnia and Herzegovina U210Switzerland U21Switzerland U210
  • Ukraine U21Ukraine U214Scotland U21Scotland U210
  • Georgia U21Georgia U212Croatia U21Croatia U212
  • Serbia U21Serbia U213R. of Ireland U21Republic of Ireland U212
  • Finland U21Finland U210Germany U21Germany U211
  • Portugal U21Portugal U211Greece U21Greece U210

As It Stood


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2Belgium U218602147718
3Montenegro U2193421011-113
4Moldova U218215511-67
5Latvia U218134912-36
6Malta U218125518-135


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2Serbia U2185212161517
3Slovenia U2185031771015
4R. of Ireland U2194051314-112
5Lithuania U218206417-136
6Andorra U2110109126-253


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2France U219522148617
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4Ukraine U21831499010
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1Germany U2188002742324
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1England U2164201431114
2Switzerland U217331106412
3Norway U21631279-210
4Kazakhstan U216114310-74
5Bosnia and Herzegovina U21703428-63
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