Rave of the moment Marcus Rashford continues to steal the headlines ahead of Euro 2016 with Brazil great, Pele, no less, the latest football personality to endorse the undisputed breakout star in the 2015/16 season.
The legendary Pele has urged the Manchester United teenager to show no fear as England prepares for the summer’s European championship where they’ll be looking to break a 50-year trophy drought.
After a stunning debut season with the Red Devils, 18-year-old Rashford, described by another Brazilian legend, Ronaldo Da Lima, as a reminder of his younger days, has been selected by England manager Roy Hodgson as part of the 23-man squad for the tournament which kicks off on June 10 in France.
The striking sensation scored on his Premier League and Europa League debuts for United, while he became England’s youngest debutant goalscorer in the nation’s 2-1 win over Australia last week.
And the greatest of them all – Pele – who won three World Cups with the Selecao, with the first coming at the age of 17 – had some advice for Rashford, according to reports.
“Today it doesn’t matter about age. It is important to be prepared. But never, never, never be afraid,” Pele said as England complete their preparations for Euro 2016 with a friendly against Portugal on Thursday.
“I wish him the same luck that I had in my life.
“There is big pressure but I think he has to have confidence and trust himself.
“Before I won the World Cup first time, I was told by my coaches: ‘You are here because you have a style, you are a good player, don’t be afraid because the other players are older than you.’ That is my message [to Rashford] too.”
The Three Lions begin their tournament against Group B opponents Russia on June 11, before going head-to-head with Wales and Slovakia.