Rashford a concern for England on low-key arrival in Russian Federation

Elena Summers
July 9, 2018

"I've got no concerns at all", the Manchester United man told Press Association Sport.

Rashford, 20, netted a stunning goal in the 2-0 friendly win over Costa Rica on Thursday to advance his case for a starting place in Volgograd.

The previous day, England boss Gareth Southgate acknowledged a "slight knock" but insisted it was "nothing too serious", the player's training absence thought to be merely a precautionary decision.

Although Rashford will not take part in the session, it is not believed that this will impeded his selection avaliabilty for England's first Group G fixture against Tunisia on Monday.

In midfield, only one of Jordan Henderson should fend off competition from Eric Dier to start. "It's a knock in training". We want to take this tournament head on,"goal.com quoted the England captain, as saying".

"Ultimately we know we'll be judged on results but we have to focus on the processes", he said.

"But I was wearing the strapping before and I just haven't stopped wearing it yet".

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

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

The team checked in at the forRestMix Club on Tuesday evening, meaning players have yet to do anything other than rest and train.

It will be intriguing, though, to see how they cope with the pressure once the competition gets underway. "We were in the hotel and training this morning".

"We know we are not the finished article, in fact, we're a long way from, but I think people see signs of progress and enjoy watching us and the manner in which we try to play".

"Everybody is looking forward to getting to the first game".

The 24-year-old Tottenham striker hopes that an inexperienced squad will be motivated by the biggest stage, on which the national team has repeatedly disappointed since lifting the trophy in 1966.

"I think it's one of the most European cities in Russian Federation, so I am looking forward to seeing the city".

Until now? Gareth Southgate's squad arrive in Russian Federation as collectively the youngest in the tournament, an exciting array of talent but actually on the face of it, for the first time in my lifetime watching the national team, not that much expectation.

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