Wayne Rooney full of praise for record breaking Marcus Rashford

England v Wales - EURO 2016 - Group B

The Manchester United talisman was thrilled after his young teammate took to the field for England against Wales.

England v Wales - EURO 2016 - Group BEngland v Wales - EURO 2016 - Group B

Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney has spoken to the FA's website about his country's superb late win over Wales on Thursday, and he reserved special words of praise for a teammate that stole a record away from the 30-year-old.

Marcus Rashford became England's youngest ever player to appear in a major tournament, aged 18 years and 228 days, beating Rooney's own record from Euro 2004.

And it came only a matter of months after the young United star made his professional debut.

England's Wayne Rooney hugs Wales' Aaron Ramsey after the gameEngland's Wayne Rooney hugs Wales' Aaron Ramsey after the game

“I’m sure he’s delighted. I’m really pleased for him," Rooney told the FA website of Rashford's first competitive appearance for England.

“It was just over 100 days ago he made his debut for Manchester United and he’s now playing on the biggest stage for England so we’re all pleased for him.

“We’ve got 23 players in our squad who are all capable and confident to trust each other that whoever’s playing will do a good job.

“I think it showed what a good squad we’ve got, with some very exciting young players.”

After refusing to make any changes to his striker department during the unlucky draw with Russia, Hodgson went all out for the second half against Wales as he found England behind to a Gareth Bale free kick.

England's Marcus Rashford comes on as a substituteEngland's Marcus Rashford comes on as a substitute

All five of the squad's strikers were involved at some point over the 90 minutes, with Kane starting the match up top, Rooney playing the entire match in midfield once more, and Vardy, Sturridge and Rashford all being substituted on.

Those last three helped wrestle victory from the jaws of defeat, with the former two netting, and Rashford's trickery helping to stretch a Wales defence that was holding on as he took to the field.

Rashford has had an astonishing 2016, scoring a brace on his debut for United against Midtjylland, before scoring further high profile goals against Arsenal and Manchester City. He ended the season with eight goals in 18 matches, and it only got better as he scored on his debut for England against Australia before being surprisingly included in Hodgson's squad for the Euros.

Such is the trajectory of his career, who knows what the tournament has in store for Rashford and England before it's over. 

Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring the first goal for EnglandMarcus Rashford celebrates after scoring the first goal for England

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