Hodgson discusses Rashford chances and Turkey win

Date published: Monday 23rd May 2016 7:59

Roy Hodgson has discussed Marcus Rashford’s fitness, and England’s friendly win over Turkey on Sunday.

England continued their preparations for Euro 2016 with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Turkey, with Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy scoring the goals. You can read player ratings (without the ratings) here.

The Three Lions now face friendlies against Australia on Friday and Portugal the following Thursday before opening their European Championship campaign this summer against Russia nine days later.

Manchester United and Liverpool’s absent players will join up with England on Monday, with teenager Rashford getting his first taste with the senior team just three months after making his club debut.

The 18-year-old impressed in United’s FA Cup final win against Crystal Palace, but picked up a knee complaint that needs assessing by the Three Lions’ medical staff.

“You might want to ask me about Rashford’s fitness and I’ll have to answer that I don’t know,” Hodgson said.

“We believe it is not a serious injury but he obviously took a nasty knock and we’ll have to wait and see tomorrow how he turns up.”

The availability of the United and Liverpool contingent will boost England after their hard-fought, if not entirely convincing win, against Turkey at the Etihad Stadium.

“Well, wins are always pleasing and there were some positives aspects,” Hodgson said.

“I thought large swathes of the game we played reasonably well, but there was also the positive for me in the sense that it shows that we’re not the finished article, there’s still work to be done.

“And when you play against a team of Turkey’s quality, because they had some good moments and played quite well, it shows that these next three weeks are going to be vital for us in trying to make certain that we can stay compact at all times and make life easier for ourselves defensively.”

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