Marcus Rashford: Gareth Southgate says hat-trick 'food for thought' for Sam Allardyce

Rashford and Southgate
Gareth Southgate brought Marcus Rashford off after 84 minutes so that the striker could receive a standing ovation

Marcus Rashford's England Under-21 hat-trick has given manager Sam Allardyce "food for thought", according to U21 boss Gareth Southgate.

The Manchester United striker, 18, has scored on his debuts in the Premier League, Europa League, England's senior side and now the U21s.

But Rashford was not in Allardyce's first senior squad against Slovakia.

"I wasn't surprised in any way," said Southgate of Rashford's three goals in the 6-1 win against Norway on Tuesday.

"What we saw all week from him, we saw tonight. I couldn't have been happier with the way he approached everything.

"I'll speak to Sam in the next couple of days, I'm sure it's given him food for thought."

Rashford also scored on his full international debut against Australia in May, and netted the winner for United against Hull in his only Premier League appearance this season at the end of August.

Chelsea trio Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Lewis Baker also scored for England, in an impressive display at Colchester.

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.

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


1Czech Rep U2196212591620
2Belgium U218602147718
3Montenegro U2193421011-113
4Moldova U218215511-67
5Latvia U218134912-36
6Malta U218125518-135


1Italy U2197201731423
2Serbia U2185212161517
3Slovenia U2185031771015
4R. of Ireland U2194051314-112
5Lithuania U218206417-136
6Andorra U2110109126-253


1Macedonia U219531117418
2France U219522148617
3Iceland U21843195415
4Ukraine U21831499010
5Scotland U218224813-58
6Northern Ireland U218017514-91


1Portugal U2187102412322
2Israel U218431134915
3Albania U2193331116-512
4Hungary U2183231510511
5Greece U218314109110
6Liechtenstein U219009033-330


1Denmark U2187101721522
2Romania U2195131512316
3Bulgaria U21842294514
4Wales U2193421111013
5Luxembourg U218035314-113
6Armenia U218017517-121


1Croatia U2196212271520
2Sweden U2185301751218
3Spain U2185212391417
4Georgia U21104151717013
5Estonia U218116318-154
6San Marino U219018127-261


1Germany U2188002742324
2Austria U2186112081219
3Finland U218404129312
4Azerbaijan U219225819-118
5Russia U2182241114-38
6Faroe Islands U219018327-241


1Slovakia U2165011741315
2Netherlands U216312119210
3Turkey U21630367-19
4Belarus U21722368-28
5Cyprus U217115315-124


1England U2164201431114
2Switzerland U217331106412
3Norway U21631279-210
4Kazakhstan U216114310-74
5Bosnia and Herzegovina U21703428-63
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