Marcus Rashford scored a hat-trick on his England Under-21

Marcus Rashford scored

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

The 18-year-old opened the scoring before adding a deflected second and completing his treble from the spot.

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.

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

The comfortable win means Gareth Southgate’s men are now two points clear at the top of their group, with two games left to play.

Norway, who had briefly made it 4-1 through Ghayas Zahid’s 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 makes himself at home

Southgate said before the game that he had been impressed by Rashford’s mentality and he will have been even more pleased by his performance.

In front of the watching England boss Sam Allardyce, the teenager 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 shot that took a slight deflection that put his side 4-0 up and made it five with a composed penalty after his cross into the box was handled by a Norwegian defender.

Next year, he 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.

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Marcus Rashford scored