The exciting forward missed England’s first training session since arriving in Russia due to the knee injury sustained in the behind-closed-doors match at St George’s Park, as reported by Sportsmail on Wednesday.
Rashford is understood to have completed a light session at the team hotel while his team-mates were put through their paces four miles away at their training facility in Zelenogorsk.
Marcus Rashford’s chance of being fit for England’s first World Cup game are increasing
The 20-year-old England striker said there is ‘nothing to worry about’ in a message on Twitter
Rashford moved to allay fears over the injury on Twitter on Wednesday night. The 20-year-old posted: ‘Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting. Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about.’
It remains to be seen whether Rashford returns to full training on Thursday, nevertheless Southgate is confident the Manchester United star will be available for their World Cup opener in Volgograd.
Calls for Rashford to start against the Tunisians grew last week following his man-of-the-match display in England’s final warm-up game against Costa Rica last Thursday.
He was one notable absentee during England’s first training session in Russia on Wednesday
England have five days until their World Cup campaign gets underway in Group G
But Raheem Sterling, who is fine following an accidental collision with Eric Dier, has always been in pole position to start against Tunisia, Rashford’s injury scare merely strengthening the Manchester City forward’s position in the team.
Meanwhile, Dier has allayed fears over his fitness after training with strapping on his left thigh.
The Tottenham midfielder finished the session, but the extra support on his leg raised concerns over his availability for next week.
Dier said: ‘It is just a superstition more than anything now. It’s just because I’ve had a problem with my leg and it’s cleared up now. But I was wearing the strapping before and I just haven’t stopped wearing it yet. I will eventually.’
Dier is battling it out with Jordan Henderson for the role as England’s midfield lynchpin against Tunisia and Panama.
Rashford scored a stunning goal for England in their 2-0 friendly win over Costa Rica on June 7