Friday 23 August 2019

Marcus Rashford once again missing from England training

Manchester United forward was not risked in Thursday’s session.

Marcus Rashford was once again conspicuous by his absence at England training (Nick Potts/PA)
Marcus Rashford was once again conspicuous by his absence at England training (Nick Potts/PA)

By Simon Peach, Press Association Chief Football Writer, Zelenogorsk

Marcus Rashford was again absent from England training as the World Cup opener against Tunisia edged closer.

The 20-year-old bolstered his chances of starting Monday’s Group G clash with a man-of-the-match display in the 2-0 friendly send-off win against Costa Rica last Thursday.

However, Rashford’s hopes of featuring against Tunisia appear to be diminishing after missing a second day of training in Russia with a knee complaint.

The Football Association indicates it is a precautionary measure and manager Gareth Southgate called it a “slight knock” upon England’s arrival.

Rashford also attempted to allay concerns about his fitness on Twitter on Wednesday evening.

“Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting,” he posted.

“Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about #ThreeLions⁠”

The player will conduct separate preparatory work at the team hotel.

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England observe a minute’s silence to honour the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire (Owen Humphreys/PA)

England will observe a minute’s silence before training to mark the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Gareth Southgate and his 23-man squad will continue their preparations for the World Cup with a morning session at Spartak Zelenogorsk, but not before showing their respect for those who lost their lives in last summer’s tragedy in London.

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