The Three Lions manager announced a 26-man squad for the Euro 2016 warm-up friendlies, with three expected to be cut after those games.
There are a few notable exclusions, including Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Theo Walcott.
— England (@England) May 16, 2016
But the biggest surprise of them all is the inclusion of Manchester United striker Rashford – with in-form Sunderland striker Defoe failing to earn a spot despite a late push to be involved.
Rashford has enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season at Old Trafford, scoring seven goals in just 16 games since making his debut for United in March.
However, he’s very inexperienced in comparison to some of the other options at Hodgson’s disposal – with Defoe the most experienced striker who appeared deserved of a chance in France.
The Sunderland striker’s 11 goals in 2016 helped keep his side in the Premier League and some believed that hot form in front of goal could have boosted England at the Euros.
But he’s missed out – and instead Rashford is in with a chance of making it into the 23-man squad.
As you’d expect, Twitter went into meltdown after the squad was announced:
What’s your view – does Rashford deserve a place over Defoe?