Five England debutants who were younger than Marcus Rashford

Despite Marcus Rashford's impressive form since making his Manchester United debut less than two months ago, the teenage striker is not expected to be called up by England for this summer's European Championships, a source close has told ESPN FC.

Aged 18 years and 167 days at the time of writing, U20 international Rashford is being handled carefully, with United academy manager Nicky Butt having warned about the dangers of pushing the player into the national spotlight.

Rashford has appeared in only 11 matches so far -- six in the Premier League, three in the Europa League games and two in the FA Cup -- and scored six goals in total, which has led to talk of a call-up to the full England squad.

It is not unusual for players of his age to be in consideration for international honours. Indeed, during the Premier League era, five players who have made their England debuts at a younger age than Rashford is now.

Theo Walcott (2006)

Age on debut: 17 years, 75 days

Premier League games played: Zero

England caps: 43

England's then-manager Sven-Goran Eriksson handed Walcott his debut in a 3-1 friendly win over Hungary at Old Trafford, then surprisingly called him up to the England squad for the World Cup, even though he had not played a minute of top-flight football for Arsenal.

Walcott did not play in the tournament and has had a stop-start career since. He scored a hat trick against Croatia in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and netted against Sweden at Euro 2012, but injuries have often slowed his progress.

Wayne Rooney (2003)

Age on debut: 17 years, 111 days

Premier League games played: 22

England caps: 109

Before picking Walcott, Eriksson made Rooney the youngest player to represent England in almost 130 years of matches. Then at Everton, the striker ran out at Upton Park to face Australia in February 2003 and went on to play a key role in qualifying for Euro 2004.

Rooney went on to score four goals at the tournament and is now England's captain and all-time leading scorer with 51 goals. His international career has not been without setbacks though: He was sent off at the 2006 World Cup and also missed two games at Euro 2012 through suspension.

Raheem Sterling (2012)

Age on debut: 17 years, 332 days

Premier League games played: 13

England caps: 20

In an interview with the BBC, one of Sterling's old school teachers said that he once told the youngster: "If you carry on the way you're going, by the time you're 17 you'll either be in prison or playing for England."

Aged 17, Sterling played for England. Then with Liverpool, he had always been considered a hot property as a teenage player and was called up for a friendly against Sweden, before further showing his potential at the World Cup in Brazil.

Michael Owen (1998)

Age on debut: 18 years, 59 days

Premier League games played: 26

England caps: 89

Owen's prolific scoring for Liverpool led to an England debut in a 2-0 friendly loss against Chile, which made him the youngest player to represent the national team during the 20th century.

He was rapidly propelled to stardom when he scored a memorable goal against Argentina in the World Cup later the same year but, although he netted twice more four years later and finished his career with 40 goals, injury woes stopped him adding more.

Micah Richards (2006)

Age on debut: 18 years, 144 days

Premier League games played: 25

England caps: 13

Richards was the youngest defender to be called into an England squad and made his debut when he started against Holland after regular right-back Gary Neville withdrew through injury.

Richards went on to become a regular under Steve McClaren but was less prominent under the next man in charge, Fabio Capello. His career has stalled since then and he has not figured under Roy Hodgson.