United youngster Rashford is among six English nominees vying with Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele for the 2017 Golden Boy award, run by the Italian newspaper Tuttosport and presented to Europe’s most impressive footballer under the age of 21.
Mbappe, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on loan last month after impressing for French champions Monaco last season, will be a strong favourite for the honour alongside Dembele, who completed his £97m move from Dortmund to Barcelona the summer.
But Rashford, who was runner-up in last year’s competition to Swansea’s on-loan Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches – will also have his backers after continuing to impress for Manchester United.
Liverpool duo Dominic Solanke and Joe Gomez, plus Everton’s Dominic Calvin-Lewin, Kyle Walker-Peters of Tottenham and Reece Oxford of West Ham – currently on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach – complete the list of England’s contenders.
The winner will be decided by a panel of 30 journalists and will be announced in October.
FULL LIST OF NOMINEES
Marcus Rashford (Man United),
Kylian Mbappé (Paris St-Germain),
Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona)
Dominic Solanke (Liverpool),
Gabriel Jesus (Man City),
Aarón Martin (Espanyol), Jean-Kévin Augustin (RB Leipzig), Rodrigo Bentacur (Juventus), Steven Bergwijn (PSV Eindhoven), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), , Amadou Diawara (Napoli), Borja Mayoral (Real Madrid), Emre Mor (Celta Vigo), Reece Oxford (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Allan Saint-Maximim (Nice), Theo Hernández (Real Madrid), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Enes Unal (Villarreal), Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham).